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Harmony Day Speech by SydWest Multicultural Services Chair - Everyone Belongs

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Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, I have a few humble words to express to you all the sadness on the loss of so many innocent lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. The world is a lesser place without them, but I know they are in heaven. I ask Allah to have mercy upon them, forgive them for any shortcomings and make it easy for them in the hereafter. Insha allah.

NZ is a stunning country and the Kiwis are a proud and caring nation a people with a heritage of tolerance to all people. They will not let the actions of those with hate change them into something they are not.

I am a very mature and experienced police officer I have seen the lunacy and impact of fanatics of every denomination. But I am also a human being that cares, and I can acknowledge to you that my heart and that of my wife and family goes out to the families and friends of all those innocent men, women and children of the Linwood and Al Noor mosques that had their lives cut short by the hands of evil. I ask Allah to enlighten their noor on the day of judgement. We must be without fear of humanities enemies. You must be brave and continue to find comfort in our faiths.

What we must do, must come from the good words of that faith, of our minds and hearts filled with love, compassion and maturity. To be better than those with hatred and evil intentions. We must find ways to say to these to these people that seek to divide us as humans. That violence is not the way, that we will not stay silent while these forces seek to divide us and our world based on their virulent ideology. We will not hide and cower in the dark in fear.

We must amplify and challenge and drive out the diverseness that we are witnessing. We must as people of faiths, as people of nations and above all humanity. Send a clear message of compassion and unity.

On behalf of SydWest and the men and women of the Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Quakers Hill Police Area Commands, we stand with you and share your grief. With abiding respect and affection for those that this world has lost. In gods will.

Bob Fitzgerald, SydWest Multicultural Services Chair

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