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Motion of condolence passed for fallen police officers

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 24/04/2020 Chanel Zagon

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces motion of condolence. © Sydney Morning Herald Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces motion of condolence. A motion of condolence has been passed by the National Cabinet for the four police officers killed in the tragic Melbourne freeway crash.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today said the motion expressed the country's sympathies and support for the police officers and their families, following the devastating Eastern Freeway accident on Wednesday night.

Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney died when a refrigeration truck ploughed into the back of their vehicles on the freeway between the Chandler Highway and Burke Road exits in Kew at 5.40pm. Their deaths mark the deadliest day in Victoria Police history.

"We're very pleased to receive the recommendation of that motion," Mr Morrison said.

"The Victorian Premier, and all premiers, chief ministers and myself stand together with the Victorian Government, as they seek to support those families and those officers, in particular their fellow serving officers, who continue to go through a time of terrible grief."

a person standing posing for the camera: Tributes have flooded city streets. © Nine Tributes have flooded city streets.

Condolence motions are moved as a mark of respect on the death of soldiers, as well as current and former senators and members, who lose their lives in the service of Australia.

They are also moved for significant events involving the loss of Australian lives, such as the Bali terrorist attacks in 2002.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton last night told 9News the four police officers may have to be honoured in a private funeral in coming days due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

A larger ceremony is hoped to be held in future weeks if coronavirus measures are lifted.

Melbourne shines blue to honour fallen officers

Melbourne landmarks were bathed in blue overnight to honour the four fallen police officers who lost their lives in the horrific freeway crash.

a group of people on a rainy night: The Flinders Street Station is lit up in blue colour in tribute. © AAP The Flinders Street Station is lit up in blue colour in tribute. Federation Square lit up in blue. © AAP Federation Square lit up in blue.

Flinders Street Station, State Parliament, Federation Square, AAMI Park, Rod Laver Arena, National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre, MCG and the Melbourne Town Hall were all among the buildings lit up in a show of remembrance for the officers.

Floral tributes were placed outside Boroondara Police Station as a makeshift memorial, as well as at the Victoria Police memorial in Kings Domain and other Victorian stations. Flags around the state were also flown at half mast.

Victorians have tied blue ribbons outside their homes in a display of respect, while the Victorian Police Academy and the Police Association headquarters also shined blue last night.

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