Page 1409 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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after generation, living on through our words. Madam Speaker, as we have heard, and as we will continue to hear, there is so much to say and there are so many stories to tell about Jayson Hinder.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.30): I too rise today to commemorate the life of Jayson Hinder. Firstly, I would like to read into Hansard a message from the Motorcycle Riders Association, from Jenny Carlin:

The Committee members of the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT are greatly saddened by the news of Jayson’s untimely passing. Jayson offered assistance and support to the MRA ACT, demonstrated his commitment to riding and other riders in the ACT, was keen to help and was always approachable. He keenly accepted the invitation to participate in the MRA ACT Annual Motorcyclists Blanket Run last year and spoke passionately about riding and the benefit of such events to the community, in particular those who may be doing it tough. Jayson was one of the lead riders last year and we’ll all be remembering his great contribution as we ride again this Saturday on the 2017 event.

Madam Speaker, Jayson and I shared a common path in automotive pursuits. He was an apprentice mechanic while I was working at Commonwealth Motors as a mechanic. He later went on, as you have heard, to start his own workshop. While running his small business and raising three kids, Jayson took night courses at university to work towards his law degree. He went on to practise law in firms around the ACT and founded his own law firm, Jayson Hinder and Associates, which well served the people of Belconnen and Gungahlin.

We also shared a common interest in the Bendigo Community Bank, which actively fundraises for and supports local community causes. We were both, alongside Annette Ellis, involved in the capital raising for the Calwell and Wanniassa branches and, on board with the Tuggeranong community, $900,000 was raised to start the branches. I later passed my shares over to Jayson.

In addition to being a member of multiple community and sporting organisations, he was a Labor member for decades. We shared not only a love of Labor values such as social justice and equity but a love of cars and motorcycles. The Renault Alpine and the Ducati Monster were favourites, and Jayson would use any opportunity he could to get out and about with the boys’ toys. He was a regular at both the MRA toy ride and the blanket ride to help our most vulnerable people across Canberra. As I mentioned, the blanket ride is on this Saturday, supporting the Salvation Army winter appeal, and we will miss him riding up at the front.

Jayson had an enduring quality and was easily liked. He would often bring some comedy into difficult circumstances and used that wry smile that I am sure we will all remember fondly. It was usually brought on just before a comment like, “Don’t worry, mate; those Libs have got nothing.” My condolences go out to Lisa, the three children and his mother. Jayson will be sorely missed in the Canberra community.

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