posted on October 27, 2015 12:46
Response to His Excellency The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales who with his wife, Mrs Bathurst hosted the opening event reception for Blue Knot Day 2015 on behalf of The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs Linda Hurley at Government House Sydney
Your Excellency and Mrs. Bathurst, members of the ASCA board, Advisory Panel, ASCA ambassadors, distinguished guests, friends… Your Excellency, thank you so much for your very warm welcome on behalf to Government House on this, the opening event of Blue Knot Day 2015.
On a day on which ASCA asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australians who were abused or otherwise traumatised in childhood, we thank you for hosting this stellar event. We are honoured and delighted to be united here in community to support possibilities for recovery for those affected…. because we know that not only is recovery possible but that supportive communities such as this help people recover.
The issue of child abuse has never been more prominent and as we await the Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s report and recommendations around redress we also await its commitment to unite with State and Territory governments and relevant institutions around a national redress scheme and expedite possibilities of recovery for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
And in so doing spearhead the socio-political change which sees the vulnerable in our society embraced and supported and those harmed in childhood, in all ways and in all domains provided with empathy, understanding and the requisite supports and services to find lives worth living - lives which are healthy, fulfilled, connected and participating.
Being here in these glorious surroundings of Government House, Sydney, the official residence of the Governor of NSW gives us all hope that we can break down the barriers between them and us, ‘victims and non-victims’. The scourge of childhood trauma affects 1 in 4 Australians; we all know someone, whether a family members, friend, neighbour, work colleague or ourselves. We need to speak out and be heard and so tonight I am delighted to announce that Jane Caro, Australian media personality, who sadly could not be here with us is joining Peter, Chrissie, Anthony and Rose, as an Ambassador for our cause.
So thank you all for coming and, your excellency thank you and Mrs. Bathurst once again for opening Government House physically and symbolically for survivors throughout Australia for Blue Knot Day 2015.