Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Australia wins International Child Abuse Prevention Congress

Brisbane’s selection to host the 15th International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in 2004 has been welcomed by Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony.

“The biennial congress is the most important international gathering of child abuse prevention experts, practitioners and policy makers, with 1500 delegates expected to visit Brisbane in September 2004,” said Mr Anthony.

“The decision, by the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect recognises Australia’s strong record of targeting child abuse and neglect, both locally and internationally.

“My recent launch of the report Tomorrows Children, Australia’s National Plan of Action Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, sends a clear message that we are determined to address these issues.

“The successful bid also shows that the National-Liberal Government’s early intervention and prevention initiatives to combat child abuse are acknowledged as being very successful by our international peers.”

The Australian bid committee consisted of members of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse (NAPCAN), the Queensland Department of Families, Youth, and Community Care, the Queensland Child Protection Council and the Children’s Commission of Queensland.

“Australia clearly has the expertise to ensure a successful conference and I congratulate the bid committee on their success in winning this world renowned event,” said Mr Anthony.

The Federal Government has given in principle support for a $100,000 grant to the congress, matching a similar commitment by the Queensland Government.

Minister Anthony also noted that Professor Kim Oates, Chair of the National Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse, has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Society.

“I congratulate the Society for this timely appointment, which recognises Australia’s experience and expertise in the field of child abuse prevention,” Mr Anthony said

“It’s timely this announcement comes just before National Child Protection Week, when we are reminded of our obligation to give our children a safe, happy and loving childhood, and help parents deliver that ideal environment.