Benevolence was invited to the Victorian Parliament for a condolence motion in honour of all the victims from last Friday's terrorist attack in New Zealand.
The unanimous and resounding message lead by Premier Daniel Andrews was one of peace and unity, and an assurance that there will be change. The language used today by Premier Andrews was mirrored by all members of Parliament who spoke, indicating that there is real commitment to changing the way we use words. Words of hate and bigotry are not acceptable, nor will be welcomed in our community, and real advancement in a policy setting for education programs to support our unity have been promised.
It was an honour for Benevolence to stand alongside Muslim community leaders in sharing and being present at today’s official condolences.