Speeches

Adopt Change - Virtual National Permanency Conference

This of course, is the fourth time that we’ve had the Permanency Conference and I must say congratulations to Adopt Change, and especially Renee Carter, for the huge amount of work that has gone into moving this year’s event into an online format. These are important events, because they were set up in response to the historic agreement by federal, state and territory Ministers in 2017 to improve permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care.

Address to the Northern Territory Tripartite Forum

I want to recognise the Chair of the Tripartite Forum, Donna Ah Chee for hosting us, and I am also very pleased that my colleague Ken Wyatt, our Minister for Indigenous Australians, was able to say a few words and join us today.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation 15th Annual Gala Dinner Dance - Dance for Daniel

We are here to show our support for this tremendous Foundation that Bruce and Denise Morcombe established, as an enduring legacy for their beautiful son Daniel.

Child Aware 2020 and National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing annual meeting

We are all here because of our shared commitment to strengthen and secure the safety and wellbeing of our nation’s children. I am especially looking forward to the Young People’s Panel, and hearing their views on how we can enhance the contributions of our youth during the development of policies which impact their lives.

Families Australia workshop on the future of national child and family wellbeing policy

This workshop today will help guide our approach as we move beyond the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children at the end of this year, towards the next children’s strategy.

Simple Adoption Report

The report being launched this morning – Belonging in Two Families – is the latest in a series of Adopt Change research reports which have helped draw attention to a fundamental need for children, not just here in Australia but the world over.

Family and Relationship Services Australia 2019 National Conference - New Horizons: Building the future, Paving the way

We know that well-functioning families are vital to our wellbeing as a nation, both socially and economically. We know that families, in all their forms, are critical for our children to grow up happy and healthy. It’s so important that if families are doing it tough, that they have access to the assistance and services that they need to get back on their feet.

Fourth Action Plan Launch

The launch of the Fourth Action Plan is the next critical step in improving the way we, as a nation, care for and protect Australia’s children. The Fourth Action Plan will further build the foundations and evidence base that will enable us to continue to improve outcomes for Australia’s children and young people beyond 2020.

Launch of the 1800RESPECT Sunny mobile app for women with disability

This new app is an innovative and important tool, tailored specifically to assist women with disabilities to recognise violence and abuse, understand their rights, and take action to ensure their safety.

Adopt Change event: Australian commitment to permanency for children and young people

Ensuring children’s safety and wellbeing is a major driver of national permanency reform. Every child deserves a secure and happy childhood and a chance to have their brightest possible future.

Family Relationships Services Australia National Conference - Be the Change: Leaving No One Behind

Improving outcomes for families, children and communities requires us to work together. We must be open, honest and transparent about what is working, what the evidence says and what the impact is. We owe that to this generation and the next.

COAG National Summit to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children – Closing Address

It is not often you are able to have a focused conversation on addressing violence against women, and to get an opportunity to listen and absorb the knowledge of people with such deep experience. The focus has of course been the fourth and final action plan under the National Plan. The National Plan has been an Australia-wide commitment to addressing family, domestic and sexual violence across the Commonwealth, states and territories.