MEMBERS STATEMENT-CHRISTOPHER DAVID O’NEILL

Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (13:45:17): I rise to commemorate the life of Christopher David O’Neill—or as we knew him, David—and offer my sincere condolences to his wife, Marilyn, his children, Kate and Ben, and all his family. I met David two years ago at the Glen Waverley ALP branch, and David was a proud Labor man and a dedicated member of our party. What I immediately noticed about David was that he was a man of detail. The words he used were always chosen thoughtfully and deliberately. He was very passionate about our planet, the environment and the world we are leaving behind for the next generation. I will fondly remember his assistance during my campaign to win Mount Waverley, even at a time when his health was not the best. Although David has now left us, those of us who did know him are no doubt better off for doing so. In the words of his daughter, Kate: David was a Labour man for life due to their commitment to the things he valued—education, social justice and the environment with a particular focus on climate action through cleaner energy renewables. He wanted to leave this world a more peaceful and greener planet for his children and grandchildren. I hope we, as a party and a movement, can continue to honour David’s passion in a way that would make him proud. He will be missed. Vale, David O’Neill.