On Monday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that Ms Mitchell would ”ensure that the voices of young people are heard by government”.
Addressing the PM and children at a Canberra primary school, Ms Mitchell said the role was ”something the community has been calling for for some time”.
Ms Mitchell said that until now there had been no one person that could ”focus solely on the needs of children and their rights and their interests and the laws and policies and services that effect them”.
Judith Ireland, SMH (25/2/13)
The appointment of Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner is a great step towards having a truly national and holistic focus on children’s rights.