Greens motion calls on government to support young people to build an equitable future

The 22nd to 30th of October is Children's Week as recognised by the UN.

Children's week is a week to celebrate children and their rights, talents, voice, and contributions to society. 

Abigail put forward a motion in parliament to call on the government and all members of parliament to commit to supporting children by building a more equitable future. 

Ms ABIGAIL BOYD (14:42): I seek leave to amend private members' business item No. 2032 standing in my name on theNotice Paper by omitting "to commit to" and inserting instead "to continue their commitment to" in paragraph (2).

Leave granted.

Ms ABIGAIL BOYD: Accordingly, I move:

(1)That this House notes that:

(a)22 October to 30 October 2022 is Children's Week, which celebrates children and their rights, talents, diverse voices and valuable contributions to society;

(b)according to Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which this year's theme for Children's Week is based upon, all children have the right to a standard of living that supports their wellbeing and healthy development; and

(c)according to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund [UNICEF] Australia in a report entitledChildren's Voices in a Changing World published in 2021:

(i)governments, leaders, policymakers and all levels of society have a responsibility to take bold action to ensure a clean, safe, equitable, accessible and sustainable future;

(ii)young people overwhelmingly want action today to safeguard the world they will inherit, and see themselves as also having a responsibility to protect the world for future generations beyond them;

(iii)the majority of children and young people believe the greatest threat to the future wellbeing and livelihood of children and young people in Australia is climate change, and believe that other major threats include unemployment and limited job prospects in the future, the economy, poor educational outcomes, poverty, discrimination including racism, domestic and family violence, homelessness and the continuing disadvantage and lack of historical recognition of First Nations populations; and

(iv)almost all of the children and young people surveyed by UNICEF Australia were politically engaged, keyed into social movements and ready to be part of the solution, but they also worry that our current leaders are not taking strong enough action today.

(2)That this House calls on the Government and all members of Parliament to commit to supporting children and young people in our communities by taking strong action to build a safe and equitable future.

Motion agreed to.

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