By Terri Butler MP

02 September 2020

Today, in one of the opportunities that we get to speak in this parliament about our constituents, I wanted to speak about some very important constituents, and those are the people who've been working on the front lines throughout the COVID crisis this year. 

I want to give a shout-out to all of those doctors, nurses and allied health workers who are working so hard to make sure that we have a healthy and safe Queensland. I also want to thank the hospital operational staff and the wardsmen, including one very special one to me, my father, who's a hospital wardsman at the PAH. Of course I want to thank all the clerical and administrative staff, who are making sure that the hospital keeps running. I want to thank the PHN, the primary health network, and the Metro South Health people. I really want to do a special shout-out as well to all the medical scientists and people working in pathology. I recently visited the QML premises at Murarrie, which is in my electorate, and saw the incredible work they've done to scale up the operation to go through such a massive volume of COVID-19 tests. I want to thank them for all of the support that they're giving to our community. To all of the pathology firms, to all of the medical scientists no matter which group you work for and to all of the pathology staff: thank you so much. Pharmacists have been on the front lines as well, making sure that we have masks, making sure that we have hand sanitiser and making sure that people have the equipment and medication that they need. Thank you so much to pharmacists.

Can I also give a shout-out to people who've been working thought this entire time in very challenging situations. I'm talking about teachers, teacher aids and, of course—today, on Early Childhood Educators' Day—early educators. I might mention a couple of special people there to me as well. My mum is a teacher's aid. She's been working incredibly hard. My sister is a teacher. She's also been working incredibly hard. To everyone who's involved in educating our children, thank you so much for all the work that you've been doing through this incredibly difficult time. I also want to say thank you to the cleaners, the supermarket workers, logistics workers, public transport workers—

A division having been called in the House of Representatives—

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Ms BUTLER: I also wanted to say thank you so much to everyone in logistics—delivery drivers and delivery riders. I want to give a particular shout-out to aged-care workers. It's been an incredibly scary and difficult time for everyone working in aged care, whether you are in nursing or are other care workers, or whether you are in clerical or administration support. To everyone working in child safety and everyone who's supporting domestic violence victims and survivors, I know you have all been working incredibly hard under difficult circumstances during this COVID crisis.

I also want to give a shout-out to the sectors that have been hit so hard—retail, hospitality, the creative industries, tourism. All of these sectors have really struggled during the COVID crisis. To everyone who's been working to support people who have become homeless or unemployed, whether you're in the public service or the community sector, thank you for all of the work that you have done. There are so many south-side heroes I wanted to thank. Thank you so much for everything that all of you have done.