House debates

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Statements by Members

Stop Child Abuse–Trace An Object Campaign

1:31 pm

Photo of Julian SimmondsJulian Simmonds (Ryan, Liberal National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

[by video link] Today I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, as Commander Sirec from the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation and I launched a new partnership for the Trace an Object campaign with Suncorp Stadium here in Brisbane. As part of the upcoming football matches in September, we will be putting Trace an Object images up on the big screen at Suncorp Stadium so that more people than ever before can engage with the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation and look at some Trace an Object images that have been pulled as part of cold cases where children were being exploited. People can be part of identifying various objects that may lead to a break in a case.

The work that the AFP officers are doing in this regard is very, very important. They are searching the darkest reaches of the dark web and engaging with some of the worst predators imaginable. Trace an Object is helping to involve the Australian community in protecting our children, which is so very important. So if you're an amateur sleuth or a keyboard detective, have a look at the images on the ACCCE website and see if you can help to crack a case and save a child from exploitation and abuse as we assist the AFP. This government is so passionate about keeping our children and our families safe, supporting the ACCCE and the work of the AFP officers.