'Vital' message to Australian parents, 18 years after Daniel Morcombe murder
"That message remains as important today as the horrifying day Daniel's life was stolen nearly 18 years ago"
By Practical Parenting Team
October 23 2019
The abduction and murder of schoolboy Daniel Morcombe almost 18 years ago is a reminder of the need to keep all children safe, says Assistant Minister for Families and Children Michelle Landry.
It's why she will wear a red badge (the colour of Daniel's shirt when he went missing) in federal parliament on Thursday to mark the eve of a national day raising awareness of child safety.
The annual Day for Daniel will be held on Friday, spearheaded by the foundation Daniel's parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, created in 2005.
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Queensland MP Ted O'Brien, the Morcombe family's local member, will also wear a red badge in the chamber and encourage politicians on both sides of the aisle to do the same.
He said the brave work of the Morcombes means Daniel's legacy stands, as Australia remains committed to keeping children safe, including by protecting them from predators.
"That message remains as important today as the horrifying day Daniel's life was stolen nearly 18 years ago," Mr O'Brien said.
"As time passes it is absolutely vital we remain vigilant about child safety and stay committed to the great work, awareness and education provided by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation."
Ms Landry said child protection is one of the government's top priorities.
"By working together across both the government and community sectors, we can improve the way we care for and protect our children," she said.
Just before Christmas 2003, 13-year-old Daniel was abducted from a Sunshine Coast bus stop, taken to a secluded spot and choked to death when he tried to escape.
Brett Peter Cowan was later convicted of his murder.