MEMBERS STATEMENT | WORKING THROUGH COVID-19

Mr Melhem: I rise on this occasion to acknowledge the sacrifices that all Victorians are making in these unprecedented times.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense upheaval to our way of life, unimaginable less than 12 months ago. This silent enemy has changed the way we live, work and interact with each other on every level.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the healthcare workers who show such care and compassion in the face of extreme adversity. Your contributions and commitment to all Victorians are extraordinary.

To all those who continue to work in roles to provide Victorians with essential services and products, I thank you for continuing to ensure our state can operate and provide assistance to all Victorians.

To the families who have lost their loved ones, I offer my sincerest condolences. Every Victorian lost to this pandemic is someone who has made a contribution to this state by working or raising family or being part of vibrant communities that makes this state so extraordinary.

I acknowledge the significant challenges and changes that all Victorian are making by staying and working from home, homeschooling children and making personal sacrifices to ensure the safety of all Victorians, in particular the safety of those who are most vulnerable in our community.

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank Premier Daniel Andrews, the cabinet, chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton and government departments working tirelessly around the clock dealing with difficult and complex situations that are changing day by day.

Finally, please stay safe. If you can work from home, you must work from home. If you are sick, get tested and stay at home until you receive your results. If you are positive, you must self-isolate.

Victorians are strong in the face of adversity. In my own electorate I have witnessed many acts of kindness and selflessness during this difficult period, and it makes me proud to represent the people of the Western Metropolitan Region and the great state of Victoria.