Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

“Day for Daniel”

GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:21): I am proud to rise today to congratulate two incredible people in Bruce and Denise Morcombe, and I commend them on another successful Day for Daniel. Last Friday I was honoured to wear red and walk with my wife, colleagues and hundreds of families and children to raise awareness of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The motto is ‘Keeping kids safe!’. Daniel Morcombe was only 13 years old, living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, when on his way to buy Christmas presents for his family at a local shopping centre, he went missing and never came back. A police operation later found that Daniel had been abducted and murdered by a previously convicted child sex offender. The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was subsequently established, with the aim of making Australia a safer place for all children by providing them with education and information around how to stay safe in physical and online environments, and to support young victims of crime. Today, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is one of the most well-known not-for-profit child safety organisations in Australia. The foundation has delivered education to over 260 000 students across Queensland and visited over 1000 schools and communities across Australia. Daniel’s story has changed child safety in Australia, and the determination and dedication of his parents has inspired the entire nation. Thank you, Denise and Bruce, for your tireless dedication to continuing the conversation about child safety, because every child has the right to be safe. And please remember to teach your children about Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson. Rest in peace, Daniel.


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