Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Holes in Children’s Week

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today launched the advance screening of the Disney film ‘Holes’ at Parliament House, Canberra to promote the upcoming Children’s Week.

“Each year in October, Children’s Week celebrates the right of every child to enjoy their childhood and to treasure the experiences of growing up. It is also a time for the Australian community to celebrate the achievements of children as they showcase their talents, skills and abilities during the week’s activities.

“This year the Children’s Week Council of Australia, in conjunction with Buena Vista International, distributors of Walt Disney Pictures in Australia, have organised a national advance screening program of ‘Holes’.

‘Holes’, based on the award-winning book by Louis Sachar, is a fun-filled movie with messages of hope and what real teamwork and friendship can mean.

“This special screening is just one of the many events and activities organised for children and their families and carers during Children’s Week which runs from 18 to 26 October. The Australian Government has supported Children’s Week since it first began in Australia in 1978.

“We want to ensure Australian children have positive early childhood experiences and that they get the best possible start in life. That is why this Government is developing the National Agenda for Early Childhood.

“We need to raise the community’s awareness of the importance of our children and their importance to Australia’s future. Children’s Week is just one of the many events that can help us achieve this,” Mr Anthony said.

Further details of the advanced screenings across Australia and other local Children’s Week events are available from state and territory Children’s Week Committees:

  • Canberra, Prue Clarke – (02) 6288 3518
  • Queensland, Leigh Shenfield – (07) 3269 8648
  • Northern Territory (Alice Springs),Sharolyn Talbot – (08) 8953 4059
  • Northern Territory (Darwin), Tanya Ingham – (08) 8948-0209
  • New South Wales, Helen Woosnam – (02) 9997 2019
  • Victoria, Anne Pereira – (03) 9637 2864
  • Tasmania, Lois Cameron – (03) 6432 3228
  • Western Australia, Lesley Moreschi – (08) 9489 4001

MEDIA NOTE: This event is taking place in the Parliament House Theatre, Canberra. At 3.45pm Ministers Larry Anthony and Rod Kemp will make a short speech. Holes will be screened from 4pm.