CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERRORIST ATTACK

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) – I rise to remember the lives taken on Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand. We have been stunned by the terror inflicted on a peaceful community. We mourn the loss of 50 loved ones, including a young boy no older than three, Mucad Ibrahim—a little boy at Friday prayers with his big brother and father. My community feels this loss deeply; Mucad was a little boy of Somali heritage, like their own sons, brothers, cousins and friends. The bigotry and hatred that killed Mucad must not be tolerated. It must not be excused and it must not be ignored. My community says enough. We say enough to the discrimination and racism Muslim Australians experience on a regular basis. We say enough to the bigotry and hatred unleashed on women and men because of the colour of their skin and the god that they worship. We say enough to the hateful words, printed and broadcast, designed to hurt and divide us. Throughout our city and the state Muslim Australians are seeking leadership and reassurance from their government, their Parliament, their neighbours and their friends. To Muslim Australians I say that your presence in our community enriches us all. Your decision to choose our city, our state and our nation makes us richer and stronger and better. Before you made our shores your home, we were a good nation, but we are now a great nation because you are here. Thank you for coming. Thank you for sharing. Never leave us.