Tuesday, 27 October 2020
The Victorian people have been magnificent. The Victorian people 's dedication and their commitment to adhering to the rules have seen the number of daily cases reduced to zero yesterday and today , and it is their victory and no-on e else's victory . The Victorian people have suffered so much — the pain, the cost, and the loss of Victorian people. It should never ever have come to this. With the greatest respect to those opposite, the comparison is not with the United Kingdom, the comparison is not with the United States; the comparison is with New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.
My children are the same as the children of everyone else from Victoria in this place—s ix months lost from schooling; s ix months that they will never ever get back. The children of the Northern Territory lost one week in school. The children of South Australia lost just two weeks of school. The children of Victoria lost more than six months. Those in year 12 will never, ever get that opportunity back. With the more than 800 Victorians who have lost their lives, their families will never get them back. And it all comes back to the failures in hotel quarantine, for which we still do not have any answers.