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Labor leader Anthony Albanese held back tears while addressing the exploitation of children in Australia.
Albanese addressed Congress on the eve of the 17th day for Daniel, Australia’s largest national child safety education and awareness day.
The event was created to commemorate the 13-year-old boy Daniel Morcomb, who was kidnapped from the Sunshine Coast in 2003.
Daniel’s disappearance shocked the country, but it wasn’t until 2011 that his body was found and his murderer, Brett Peter Cowan, was arrested.
Labor leaders expressed sadness and praise to Australian parents who lost their children in the act of exploiting them.
“They (Daniel’s parents) embraced a devastating personal tragedy and turned it into a lifelong commitment to help others. They deserve our absolute admiration and gratitude.” He said.
“Children’s safety is a matter far beyond politics. The idea that you will experience that experience on a personal level is just extraordinary.”
Albanese held back tears while talking about his son Nathan.
“I’m looking forward to going home and seeing my son,” he said.
The emotional labor leader then turned to the case of Cleo Smith.
A 4-year-old child from Western Australia has been missing for 12 days, and police believe she was probably kidnapped.
Albanese said he shared the collective distress of Australians about the well-being and safety of missing preschoolers.
“Australian are really worried about young Cleo … I hope it works,” he said.
“I think it’s fair to say on behalf of all Congress. I hope we can actually discuss it here by the time we return. I’m happy.”
Albanese encouraged Australians to participate in Daniel’s Day activities on Friday by wearing red, raising awareness of the issue of child exploitation and donating to the Daniel Morcom Foundation.
“The theme is to wear red, educate and donate,” reads the Day for Daniel website.
“Parents, caregivers and educators are encouraged to start conversations with children and adolescents about personal safety.
Anthony Albanese chokes while talking about Cleo Smith and Daniel Morcomb
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