Statement on Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Defence

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7 March 2024

Today, we lost Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon. 

His death is a tragedy. His life has been taken far too early. 

Every one of Lance Corporal Fitzgibbon’s friends and colleagues in the Australian Defence Force will be feeling the heaviness of this news today. 

Jack loved serving in the Special Forces and he did so with honour and great ability. 

Whenever a serving member of the Defence Force loses their life they have loved ones who are impacted. In this instance, Jack’s father, Joel Fitzgibbon, is a close friend of mine. All of Joel’s friends are feeling this tragedy particularly. 

Today, Joel stands in my embrace, as he does in the embrace of all of our colleagues. 

My thoughts are with Jack’s entire family, including Joel, Jack’s mother Dianne, his partner and his sisters.

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