What happened in Flinders Street today was an act of evil.
This was an attack on innocent bystanders – people finishing their Christmas shopping, heading home from work, unwinding for the year.
They did not deserve this. Our city did not deserve this.
Christmas should be a time of celebration, spent with loved ones.
Instead, for many Victorian families, it will now be a permanent reminder of the day their lives changed forever.
To the victims and their families, we extend our support and our love.
And to those heroes – our first responders, and those who rushed to the aid of others – we extend our deepest thanks.
Anyone affected can contact the Victims Support Helpline on 1800 819 817.
Tonight, Victorians stand strong, and we stand together.