->> Dispatched from APNS Correspondent, Viola Wilkins

Don't Say These Words?

In September 2012, a 49 year old woman named Vikki Riley died when a car collided with her bicycle on a busy Darwin road. Vikki Riley was known for her fiery passion for refugees and her strong Catholic beliefs. She left behind her son, St Paul’s School student Elijah, 7, and her partner Jimmy Hatton, also aged 49.

Vikki was an Australian artist and activist who supported the people of East Timor and West Papua, and had just organised a successful art exhibition for refugees. She had previously worked as a journalist for ABC Victoria and the Kabul Press.

On 12 September 2012, Senator John Madigan (Democratic Labor Party, Victoria), moved a Condolence Motion in the Senate:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses its condolence at the death of Ms Vikki Riley who passed away on 10 September 2012 and extends this condolence particularly to her partner and son, as…

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