Opening Statement on Christchurch

OPENING STATEMENT TO A HEARING OF THE SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE COMMITTEE,
CANBERRA

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Before we start today’s proceedings, I have obtained the Committee’s agreement to place on record the Committee’s sincere and very deep condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of the 50 people who were murdered last week and our prayers for the 50 more who were injured.

While many will seek to focus on the murderer and others seek to gain attention from this heinous act, I want to reflect on the lives of those lost and resolve once again that we must do all we can to stop these acts of terror that not only affect families and local communities, but are felt across a nation and indeed around the world.

As a Tasmanian Senator who was involved in the response to the events at Port Arthur 23 years ago next month, I know the real life impact this can have on individuals and the community first hand.

The Australia/New Zealand alliance is of the closest bonds between two nations in the world and on behalf of the Senate's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee I reaffirm that we stand with and alongside our friends in New Zealand in this difficult time.

On that note, can I ask that we all stand for a minute’s silence.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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