Premier says the Morcombes are an inspiration
THE Queensland Premier said Denise and Bruce Morcombe had created "important and lasting change in protecting our children" as he thanked many for "bringing a killer to justice".
Campbell Newman told Queensland Parliament the Sunshine Coast couple was inspirational and their efforts had "moved us all".
"The conviction and sentencing of the man responsible for Daniel's death brings to an end one of most tragic events in Queensland's history," he said.
"It's something Queenslanders have been hoping to see happen for more than 10 years.
"I again want to thank everyone involved in the long and often arduous journey of getting justice for Daniel and his family - in particular police, SES, volunteers, jurors and prosecutors.
"So many people have played an important part in bringing a killer to justice.
"No one has been more important in the long struggle for justice than the Morcombe family."
Mr Newman said the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was a wonderful legacy to Daniel's life.
"While they finally got some justice for Daniel, they will continue to help others and better protect our children," he said.
"That is the type of people they are. I know I speak for many when I say their work is a wonderful legacy to Daniel and his life and a continuing inspiration for us all."
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk also paid tribute to the Morcombes' "courage, dignity and determination".
"This couple and their family lived through every parent's nightmare," she said.
"They spent a decade experiencing the worst kind of sadness, not knowing what had become of their cherished son Daniel.
"As they grieved, Queensland grieved with them.
"As they tried to find their way through the devastation and the mystery of Daniel's disappearance, Queensland shared their pain.
"As the man who committed this horrific crime and took Daniel from his family begins his prison sentence, I, like all Queenslanders, ... hope that Bruce and Denise Morcombe and their family and their children find some solace."
Mr Newman said his heart also went out to Stafford MP Chris Davis who suffered a personal tragedy in the past 48 hours.
He said Mr Davis' daughter Jessica died in a traffic crash as she returned to the University of New England for her studies.