Thursday, 15 December 2022
Statement by the Speaker
Arnold, Constable Matthew, Dare, Mr Alan, McCrow, Constable Rachel
In light of the recent tragedy in Queensland I wish to make a statement at the first opportunity in the meeting of this House. On Monday, two police officers reported for duty and they never came home. Constable Matthew Arnold and Constable Rachel McCrow paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our community safe. They served with honour and bravery. To the neighbour Alan Dare, who also tragically lost his life: you'll be remembered as a hero. To the families and friends of the victims and the police community as a whole: this House is grieving with you. We are indebted to our police officers and emergency service personnel who, every day, go to work, risking their lives to serve and protect our communities.
I understand it is the wish of the House, following the bill debate today, to have a condolence motion, moved by the Prime Minister with the Leader of the Opposition, reflecting on this tragic event. There will be an opportunity of course for all members to contribute to this motion. As a mark of respect to the memory of Constable Matthew Arnold, Constable Rachel McCrow and Alan Dare, I ask all members present to rise in their places.
Honourable members having stood in their places—
I thank the House.