Tribute to Hannah Clarke and family

24 February 2020

I also rise to join the chorus of moving tributes to Hannah Clarke and her beloved and beautiful children, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey. I and my Centre Alliance colleagues give heartfelt condolences to the Clarke family. Lloyd, Suzanne and Nat have lost a remarkable daughter and sister and their precious grandchildren, nieces and nephew. The unspeakable murder of Hannah Clarke and her young children has left the nation reeling. We're all in shock over what has happened. Hannah Clarke did nothing wrong—not a thing. She dreamt of starting a new life after making the courageous decision to leave a violent and abusive man who sought to control and dominate all aspects of her life. She had every right to be free. Hannah has been described by her brother, Nat, as trying her best to bring joy to all those around her and only ever wanting the very best for her children. Photos of Hannah and her children laughing and playing actually break my heart. Their freedom was short-lived. There is absolutely no justification for these senseless murders—none. It was a senseless act by a monster.

Hannah and her children were remembered in a vigil last night in Brisbane, where thousands of mourners came dressed in pink, Hannah's favourite colour, to pay their respects to such an amazing woman and her precious little children. Life will never be the same for the Clarke family. The grace and dignity the Clarke family has shown in such difficult circumstances is how we should all be carrying ourselves. Hannah and her children have touched the hearts of all Australians, and we pledge your deaths will not be in vain.

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