Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh:
“I was shocked to learn overnight that a van containing gas cylinders was reportedly detonated at the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) offices in Canberra.
“As a former Toowoomba Councillor and resident with close ties to this community I extend my thoughts to ACL managing director Lyle Shelton and I am pleased he is not deterred by the attack.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his staff and volunteers and I am relieved that no one was inside the building at the time.
“We must continue to uphold our Australian democracy and the rule of law. While a respectful and robust argument between those of differing opinions is welcomed acts of violence and destruction can never be tolerated.
“The next step is to find out what the motivations were behind this attack. This incident happening at a time that most Australians are preparing for a period of peace and family gatherings is particularly distressing.
“We as Australians should be thankful that we live in a country with a responsible political system with political parties that work together to keep our citizens safe and where the vast majority of us get along regardless of our race country of birth or religion.
“We are not immune from what is happening around the world in terms of political and social unrest but perhaps it is time for further debate within the parliament and our communities on what we need to do to preserve our way of life.”