Ms JO HAYLEN (Summer Hill)—I acknowledge the sad passing of Ivan de Vulder.
Ivan was a friend and a comrade. He will forever be remembered for his boundless compassion, his smile, his encompassing hugs and his tenacity in fighting for fairness and equality.
Whether it be fighting for LGBTIQ+ rights, for the environment, or for animal rights and the protection of animals, Ivan did everything he could to change the world for the better.
A familiar face on the campaign trail, he was always there, shoulder to shoulder with his comrades, offering support and solidarity.
In the marriage equality postal survey, when LGBTI+ people were subjected to daily abuse, Ivan was there, urging people on and making sure everyone was OK.
When elections were down to the wire, and the urgent call went out for help, Ivan was there.
He was a proud member for Rainbow Labor, of the Labor Environment Action Network, and the founding member of Labor for Animal Rights.
Ivan’s passing is an immeasurable loss to our party and to our progressive community.
I send sincere condolences to Ivan’s family and friends, as well as to everyone who will miss him so dearly in our Labor family.