VICTORIA POLICE DEATHS

With Anzac Day this Saturday I wanted to remember and honour those who served Australia in wars,
especially those who died in the line of duty. And then last night, with the tragic news of the deaths of four
Victoria Police members, we were further reminded of the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who serve.

Every year around Anzac Day I think of a school friend, Peter Eris Murray, who died on 9 July 1968 at the
age of 21 from wounds inflicted in Vietnam whilst serving in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian
Regiment. Peter was a conscript, unlike many of his classmates who were able to defer national service until
after university.

And now we have this awful news. Next door to the Hawthorn electorate office in Camberwell Road is the
Camberwell police station which this morning I visited not only as MP but also as the proud and grateful
father of Senior Constable Fionnuala Kennedy, who is currently on maternity leave. There were feelings of
hopelessness that hopefully will soon enough turn into thankfulness and gratitude for lives lived generously
in the service of others.