I gave a speech in parliament yesterday on the UN Safe Schools Declaration, which aims to see schools and students protected from military conflict.
Our world at the moment is a very dangerous and unsafe place, especially for children, who are living in armed conflict zones. And for children, that fear for their life is sadly extended to the classroom.
Ordinarily a place of sanctuary, safety and learning – schools in warzones are being targeted for attacks and occupied by military forces.
I call on the Australian Government to endorse the Declaration and to attend the March conference in Buenos Aries and to work with governments internationally to discourage the military use of schools, and promote security practices that better protect schools.