PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Just in the short minute or so that we have remaining, I would like to inform the House today that a very significant man in our local community passed away a couple of weeks ago, the Rev. Lawrence Turnbull. He was the minister at the Holy Name Church in Vermont South as well as at St John’s in Wantirna South. He happened to be my family’s minister also.
He was a remarkable person, who gave great love and spiritual guidance to many dozens, if not hundreds, of people over the years. He has certainly been a very significant influence on me and my family, providing us with tremendous support and guidance and being a person who I could turn to when required.
For many other people in our local church he has been one of the most important people in their lives. We had a very special service last Saturday for him and there was a funeral for him the previous Monday at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, where we properly honoured him and honoured his contribution to our community. I know that he will be with the Lord, as he knew where he was going. We think about him and pray for him, as we do for his now-widowed wife, Faye, and the rest of his family and parish.