National Children’s Commissioner a most welcome voice

Posted 25 February 2013 10:00am
Release Number: 02/2013

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) applauds the Prime Minister on appointing the first National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell.

CSSA has been a strong advocate for a National Children’s Commissioner and, as an active member of the Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia’s Children, is keen to connect with the new Commissioner and her office.

“The new National Commissioner position provides a welcome focus for a strong, national voice focussed solely on the rights and interests of the many young Australians who experience disadvantage or discrimination,” said the Executive Director for Catholic Social Services Australia, Mr Paul O’Callaghan.

“Through their access to the National Commissioner, children and young people will now have the means to ensure that their concerns are heard at the highest levels,” he said.

“The appointment adds weight to the objectives of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments,” said Mr O’Callaghan.

“Ms Mitchell is a most experienced and well regarded advocate for children and we look forward to working with her into the future to fulfil a shared vision for the wellbeing of all Australian children and young people,” he said.

CONTACT: Jackie Brady 02 6285 1366 / 0417 220 779

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