Statement on Banksia Road Public School

7 November 2017

I cannot begin to comprehend the sadness being felt by the parents and families of the two young boys who have died in today's tragic accident at Banksia Road Public School. 

My thoughts and prayers are with their families and the entire school community. Our first priority is to support students, staff and parents by any means necessary and allow them time to properly grieve. This will not be a quick process and we will work together with the school community to provide whatever assistance we can. 

Thank you to the school staff and emergency services personnel for their commitment and fortitude in very difficult circumstances today. I thank them for all their best efforts and quick action as they worked to save lives. 

Thank you to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Secretary of the Department of Education Mark Scott and Member for Lakemba Jihad Dib for visiting the school to support staff and members of the community.

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