Our need for a more peaceful world

WHEN I phoned MPs Don Page and Thomas George earlier this week and asked them if they would mention in NSW Parliament Danyon Saxe-Wilson’s idea for everyone in the country to tie a balloon to their letterbox in memory of Jai Morcom, both supported it wholeheartedly.
Without any hesitation the next day it was mentioned in Parliament by Mr Page.
The idea to use colourful balloons as a memory to his friend and schoolyard mate Jai, is one that will bring a little hope and peace to many people’s hearts today.
Seeing the balloons will remind everyone of a young life so tragically lost.
It will also be a reminder that we all need to strive for a more peaceful world without the threat of violence.
It will remind us of the senseless destruction and terrible loss that can be created so easily by allowing violence in our community.
But today is a time of mourning all we have lost.
It is a time for the community of Mullumbimby to stand beside Jai’s family to support and help them through this shocking time.
This tragic loss has affected every one of us in some way, especially parents of teenagers at school.
We have all been asking the question how can this happen in our society today.
We are still seeking the answer, because it is a complex one.
In the months to come this question will need to be answered so we do not allow the death of this beautiful young man to be for nothing.


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