Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) [2.26 p.m.]: I speak on behalf of the Opposition. We all know that on 12 September last year William Tyrrell disappeared from his nanna's home in Kendall on the mid North Coast. We also know that, moments before, a family member took a photograph of a bright young boy in a Spiderman suit, a boy who was to his parents:
Like a budding flower, slowly opening himself up to the world around him.
But tragically, inexplicably, moments later the world changed for William, for his family and for all of those concerned about the safety and security of children across this nation. With William's abduction, something was taken from all of us: a little bit of our sense of security and a little bit of our faith in humanity. Where's William? Week, as we have heard, began on 12 September and finishes this Friday, 18 September. It aims to raise awareness of William's disappearance. Where's William? Week is a collaboration between William's family, Bravehearts, NSW Police and Crime Stoppers. Around New South Wales, communities have united to support Where's William? Week. We thank those communities. The week aims not only to help find William but also to promote child protection in this State and across the nation. Today, many of us in this place met with William's parents. Their grief, their loss and their heartache are palpable. You cannot spend time with them without feeling their anguish. Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said:
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
We commit ourselves to this campaign in hope. Our hope is not pernicious or ill informed. Our hope is not false or faltering. For, even in the darkest hours and the most desperate times, there is always—always—hope. We commit ourselves to finding William in the hope that our commitment will compel those who know something to say something. We hope that through collective action, through common concern, that beautiful boy in his Spiderman suit will be found. A small community on the mid North Coast has united in their concern for the loss of one of their own. To the member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, we ask that you pass on the support of the New South Wales Parliament to your community of Kendell.
We also pass on our support to the police who are involved in Strikeforce Rosann, and thank them for their unwavering commitment to this case. This morning Peter Price, head of Crime Stoppers spoke about the importance of even the smallest piece information in helping to solve this mystery. He also spoke about the fact that in his 16 years of working with Crime Stoppers, never has a case affected him so personally. You see, he has children, like many in this place, and the thought of losing one of them is too terrible to bear. Yet that is the reality for William's parents. Let us commit ourselves to this campaign because each of us wants William returned to his family.
Let us all, whatever our political persuasion, help promote this cause not only here but amongst our friends and family and, importantly, within our communities. For this campaign's effectiveness relies on each of us in this place spreading the word and maintaining our hopes for William and his family. This week, by raising awareness of child protection during Where's William? Week, we renew ourselves to the task of finding William and we hope that in the total of our acts we will help restore what each of us lost that day last September. Because we cannot give up on hope; we cannot give up on William. We owe this to William, to his family and to each other.