Member for Fisher Peter Slipper has reported a huge response to Day for Daniel today in the Queensland and Northern Territory parliaments.
About three-quarters of Queensland MPs wore an item of red clothing during sittings today in recognition of Day for Daniel, and the Office of the Speaker in the Northern Territory, Jane Aagaard, reported that 90% of members wore red.
“This is a great response to this very important cause, and extremely encouraging leading into Day for Daniel tomorrow,” Mr Slipper said.
Mr Slipper wrote recently to the presiding officers of all state parliaments and the New Zealand parliament, highlighting Day for Daniel and asking for support for the cause.
Queensland Speaker John Mickel wrote to all state MPs encouraging their involvement in a commemoration today, and Ms Aagaard assisted by organising a commemoration in the Northern Territory parliament.
Mr Slipper has also written to all MPs and Senators in the Australian Parliament, asking them to be involved in Federal Parliamentary Day for Daniel in Canberra next Thursday (Nov 3).
“It was great last year to see a sea of red in the House of Representatives, which drew attention to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and the need for vigilance on the issue of child safety, and I hope this year can be even bigger with the participation also of the members of our state parliaments,” Mr Slipper said.