Prime Minister pays tribute to 20 years of keeping children safe

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Media release - 11 December 2017

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull,  has commended the Alannah & Madeline Foundation for its work in keeping children safe at an event to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The Prime Minister is the National Patron of the Foundation.

Guests at Kirribilli House on Saturday evening included Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Andrew Colvin, Victorian County Court Judge Amanda Chambers and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon.

Together with the Foundation’s Founding Patron, Walter Mikac and two of the Foundation’s Ambassadors, Melissa Doyle AM and John Caldwell, they paid tribute to role the Foundation has had on the Australian psyche over the past two decades.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is one of Australia’s most respected children’s charities, and is dedicated to protecting children from violence and its devastating impact. 

It was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996.

The Prime Minister said that his role as the Foundation’s National Patron was “an honour”.

“As National Patron, there is a shared history with the Foundation,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Each sitting Prime Minister, since the Foundation began in 1997, has accepted the role of National Patron, starting with The Hon, John Howard.”

He said that he was committed to the Foundation’s vision that every child live in a safe and supportive environment.

“Violence in all forms is abhorrent, particularly against some of society’s most vulnerable,” he said. “Every child deserves to feel safe and live free from violence and its devastating, often long term, effects.”

Mr Turnbull also paid tribute to Mr Mikac, noting that his dedication to the lives of vulnerable children has been recognised and honoured by many. This year, Mr Mikac has been nominated for a Human Rights Medal and for NSW’s Australian of the Year for 2018.

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About the Foundation.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is the leading national not-for-profit organisation working to protect children from the effects of violence and bullying.

The Foundation has assisted more than two million children over 20 years.

The Foundation’s vision is that every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.

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