MP joins battle against ‘The Beast’

15 May 2024 Watch the full speech

Pakenham MP Emma Vulin drew inspiration from Neale Daniher as she addressed the parliament about her Motor Neurone Disease (MND) diagnosis.

‘I had a choice, I could curl up and cry, which I actually did do for two days or get out and do what I need to do,’ she said.

‘Just like the legendary Neale Daniher says: “Don’t say, do”. Except for me it was: “Stop crying and do”.’

The Lower House MP, who previously survived a stroke aged 36 is encouraging Victorians to donate to MND Victoria and FightMND ahead of its Big Freeze 10 at the MCG on Monday 10 June.

‘MND Victoria provide mobility aids, equipment, counselling and so much more. I thank them and their team from the bottom of my heart,' she said.

‘I am not the only one facing 'The Beast'.'

Emma Vulin MP

‘There are over 2000 Australians and over 500 Victorians living with MND.’

Ms Vulin provided an update on her condition as she vowed to stay on in parliament.

‘The disease has progressed in me to the point that my right arm is very weak,’ she said.

‘I would like to acknowledge other people in this chamber who have a battle on their hands with illness, the member for Benambra and also members who have lost loved ones to MND or any other serious illness.’

You can read the full Hansard transcript and watch the speech in full on YouTube.