18th April 2013
On 4 April the member for Ivanhoe and I had the solemn privilege of attending the celebration of the life of Narelle Grech, who tragically passed away last month after a two-year battle with cancer. She was just 30 years old.
Many in the house would be aware of the passionate advocacy and inspirational role that Narelle played in pursuing the rights of donor-conceived people to know the identities of their biological fathers. All the members of the Law Reform Committee knew Narelle and were extraordinarily impressed with her passionate and compelling submissions during our inquiry. Right up until her untimely passing Narelle told her story with courage and with selflessness.
It is to be acknowledged that the former Premier, the member for Hawthorn, assisted Narelle in the last months of her life to meet her biological father, a precious outcome she had been fighting for more than half her life.
It is to be hoped that this house concludes the journey that Narelle started: to change the law and give children the right to know their parents. It would be a just outcome for a life’s work. As I said, it was a privilege to be there for the celebration of her life and to meet her family and her many hundreds of friends and supporters who came out to pay tribute to a fine young woman. Rest in peace, Narelle. The condolences of all of us to those she has left behind.