Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—As residents of NSW withdraw to the safety of their homes, by Government decree and through self-preservation, I salute those who must continue to work in our communities for the good of the many.

To the doctors, the nurses, allied health workers, emergency service personnel, teachers and childcare workers, I say thank you. To those in retail who keep products on the shelves, food on the tables and medications in our cupboards, we literally couldn't live without you. The bus drivers, the cleaners, the postal workers and delivery people – your work has never been more important.

I have faith that history will show that the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 was a social and economic crisis from which Australia, and our State, recovered. The heroes of those annals will be people such as yourselves. People who prioritised the needs of the many, at potentially the greatest sacrifice of all, so that Australians could retreat to the isolation of their homes and shelter from the viral storm that shakes the very foundations of our globe. You have our deepest gratitude.