Megan Mitchell appointed as Australia’s first National Commissioner for Children’s Rights

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.

By Liam McNicholas

I am an experienced early childhood teacher, writer and advocate. As well as managing community not-for-profit early childhood operations in a variety of roles, I have advocated for children's human rights; the need for investment in early childhood education; and for professional recognition and wages for those working in early childhood education and care.

I am available to be commissioned for freelance writing, editing, event speaking and consulting work.

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