On the eve of Day for Daniel, the Australian Parliament will today join local Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien, Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in honouring the child safety legacy of Daniel Morcombe.
Members of Parliament on both sides of the house will bridge the divide of Question Time on the final sitting day of October by embracing Australia’s largest child safety awareness and education day – Day for Daniel – by wearing red Daniel Morcombe badges.
Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien said Day for Daniel was an important time-marker for every family on the Sunshine Coast.
“Daniel left us a legacy to keep children safe and to protect them from predators,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Those learnings are just as important today as they were while Daniel was missing and just as important for future generations. To forget would be to risk another child and that must never happen,” he said.
Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry said the Australian Government was committed to improving child safety and the protection of children, working in partnership with state and territory governments and the community to address this national issue.
“The government is taking action to embed a child safe culture in all its agencies through the implementation of the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework, which recognises that everyone has an important role to play in the prevention of child abuse,” she said.
Ms Landry and Mr O’Brien will also join in the 14th annual Walk for Daniel at Woombye on Friday morning.
The 4km walk is part of a range of national Day for Daniel activities run by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation across Australia.
Day for Daniel is a national day of action on child safety and encourages the community to wear red, educate, and donate. The Foundation asks schools, businesses, community groups, parents and carers to start a conversation about child safety.