Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — I have come to love the colour pink, and this time of year it is everywhere — a sign of kindness, resilience and hope. It is the rosy colour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I again thank the Hampton Park Bowls Club members who held their 7th annual pink ribbon breakfast, raising $1050 for Breast Cancer Network Australia. I am always amazed and grateful for the efforts of such generous-hearted people.

Tracey Ryan, the guest speaker, was the star. We all love her. With all this goodwill around it is really difficult to imagine that there are people out there who can be nasty, distasteful and untruthful about the cause.

I have already told the house about the nauseous abuse of the pink symbols by zealous antiabortionists who have been outside Parliament house propagating the false assertion that abortion causes breast cancer — and they are back. I expect they are fired up by the activities of the Tea Party types in the Liberal Party, such as Mr Finn, a member for Western Metropolitan Region in the Council, who I read in Hansard frequents adult sex shops, and the member for Mount Waverley whose record of dealing with women is not exemplary.

I have never sought to use my experience of breast cancer as an excuse for anything. Rather, I have used it to increase awareness, raise funds and counsel others. I try to look after myself and get on with the serious job of representing the people of Narre Warren South. I love my family and my job so it angers me to find out that there is a person running around my electorate suggesting that I milk it or use it as a tag. Politics is a tough game — I am up for it.

The behaviour of a member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Council behaviour is indecent and it needs to stop. Even I think she can do better than this. Let all of us in this Parliament get behind this good cause, the Pink Cause. We should do everything we can to support our sisters and our men, and find a cure for this horrible disease.