CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES ATTACK

The Hon. R. SANDERSON (Adelaide—Minister for Child Protection) (12:12): I rise to support the Premier's motion. Tragically, Friday 15 March 2019 will be indelibly imprinted on the minds of those in our sister city of Christchurch in New Zealand and the world. Through the hatred of one man, at least 50 people have lost their life and countless others have had theirs changed forever. Those directly impacted were simply attending communal prayer in their place of worship, engaging in peaceful reflection with God.

The tragic loss of children and adults from a number of different nationalities who were present at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques is incomprehensible. No matter what your religion, everyone has the right to meet safely and without fear to practise their faith. Any act of terrorism and extremism should be condemned. In what New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has described as one of New Zealand's darkest days, my hope is that New Zealanders find some solace in the outpouring of grief and support from world leaders and people across the globe who stand together denouncing such hatred.

From great tragedy comes the opportunity to make significant changes such as were reflected by the significant changes to the gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. For those of us not in Christchurch, the images of the traditional haka being delivered by a Christian group of Maori men, the sea of flowers and candles at the mosques, and the letters of support for our Muslim neighbours provide us here with insight into the shock, grief and pain of those left behind.

Closer to home, the prayer vigils and services that were held over the weekend in South Australia I hope provide comfort to those in our Islamic communities that we, as a community, are here for them. My electorate of Adelaide is home to the Adelaide Mosque, the oldest surviving and first-built mosque, erected in 1888. The City of Adelaide is the sister city of Christchurch and has been since 1972, almost 50 years.

As public figures elected to this place, it is important to remember that our voices, our deeds and the way we participate in public life is a reflection of both the society we represent and the society we wish to represent. I am proud to embrace cultural diversity and to actively participate in multicultural events throughout my electorate and the state. To do so opens our minds and our hearts to what the world has to offer and permits us to live in harmony with one another. To all those affected in our sister city of Christchurch, we stand with you today, united and resolute in condemning the attack on the mosques in your city and we extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathies. To those in Christchurch: kia kaha—be strong; we are with you. I commend the motion to the house.