MEMBERS STATEMENT | TERRORIST ATTACKS

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — Acts of terror continue to rage around the world: the United Kingdom has had its fair share, Egypt’s Coptic Christians were attacked by ISIS, in Iraq a young Australian girl was murdered by the same extremists and last night in Melbourne an innocent person went to work and got killed and three of our police officers got injured doing their job.

These extremists should be condemned; they should be eradicated from the face of the earth as far as I am concerned. These people pretend to be Islamist, but I do not think Islam preaches violence and the killing of innocent people. They do not discriminate between Christians, Muslims or atheists. They are basically there to kill whoever.

I think it is our job to support our security forces around the world and particularly Victoria Police and the Australian security forces, who did a tremendous job last night. They put themselves in danger every day and they ought to be supported, and I am sure all Victorians will agree with me. We stand supporting our security forces and Victoria Police in the job they do, and I wish the three officers a speedy recovery. Let us hope that terrorism one day will be eradicated all over the world and we will have peace again.

6 June 2017