Parliament: Other Speeches

Agius, Auntie Josie

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: I have not prepared anything in particular, but I simply want to put on the record my support for this motion and my thanks to the Hon. Tammy Franks for putting it on the agenda, and of course my thanks for Josie Agius—Auntie Josie. As the Hon. Mr Parnell rightly pointed out this is, I think, the first time that I can recall that I have spoken to a condolence motion about someone who I have actually met and I must say that makes it all harder.

I cannot say that I knew Auntie Josie particularly well or personally, but I was always a great admirer of her work, her commitment to that work, her commitment to warmth and generosity, and her commitment to humanity and meeting people for who they were and where they were in life and going from there. She certainly was not a person who was a preacher by any means. She very much, from what I can see, lived by what she preached. She practised what she preached and we are all the better for seeing her and hearing her preach that message which was always about peace, equality, warmth and humanity. For those reasons she will be, by me as much as anyone else in this chamber, very dearly missed.