MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Agriculture) (12:17:047:): This afternoon this house is united in mourning as we acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For 70 years she committed herself to public service to Great Britain and the Commonwealth. She was a constant for generations and countless communities across the globe. For many in our communities there was a deep feeling of knowing her, and one of her major achievements through her remarkable reign was that sense of knowing her.
She extended her reach beyond the role of constitutional monarch. She was passionate about the importance of the Commonwealth, and we all know that she had a great affection for Australia. As the Leader of the Government said, she did visit Australia 16 times during her reign, and those occasions are deeply etched in our memories. Throughout the world she was regarded for her wisdom and enduring calm as she reigned through many tumultuous times in our history.
Much has been said about the Queen’s commitment to service. It was 24/7 and for over 70 years—constant briefs, meetings, correspondence and the ever-important schedules upon schedules. This, teamed with a full family life, told much about the Queen’s abilities, stoicism and of course her care. Her enduring qualities of integrity and respect and her love of her country and the Commonwealth will resonate for generations. The impact that she has had on our lives is immeasurable, and I do extend my sincerest condolences to King Charles III and each and every member of the royal family.