Tony Abbott swamped at 10th Dance for Daniel
TONY Abbott was swamped by fans wanting a selfie with the Prime Minister as he joined almost 600 people at the 10th annual Dance for Daniel in Brisbane City Hall on Saturday night.
Mr Abbott paid tribute to the work of 'wonderful Australians' Bruce and Denise Morcombe while pledging his government's support for the war on violence against children and families.
The dance was held in Brisbane for the first time to showcase the work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, formed in 2005, to a wider audience.
Some even came from interstate for the red tie evening which was also attended by Daniel's twin brother Bradley, his wife Anna and his older brother Dean.
Queensland Premier Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, past Commissioner Bob Atkinson, and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty were among the special guests.
In his speech, Mr Abbott said the passing of controversial metadata laws would help police target child sex predators.
He said metadata was used in more than 80% of investigations against child offenders.
Mr Abbott also said family violence had been put on the national COAG agenda for Australia's state and territory leaders.
The Prime Minister showed his hand in art adding to a special painting, along with other guests, including the Morcombes, which was auctioned off for more than $8000.
The live painting by Queensland artist Donna Gibb, titled 'Celebration of the Foundation' depicted the night.
With careful guidance from Ms Gibb, Mr Abbott painted part of the ceiling while Ms Palaszczuk added in splashes of red for the floor of the venue.
An advertising package put up by the Sunshine Coast Daily, which has been a long time supporter of the Morcombes' work, also fetched thousands, as did an NRL training clinic with former Origin great Petero Civoniceva.
But some of the biggest money came for a 5% share of race horses, Craiglea Blitz and Craiglea Deken.
The night, hosted by Andrew Denton, is the major fundraiser for the foundation which is focusing on educating children around Australia about child safety and helping young victims of crime.
Bruce and Denise said Keeping Kids Safe resource kits had now been delivered to every school.
The couple are still campaigning for child safety to become part of the national curriculum at every school and they continue to push for national register of child sex offenders.
Already the Northern Territory has Daniel's Law.
Singer and film director Peter Cousens, comedian Elliot Goblet and the very talented Queensland Police Service's Band of Blue provided the entertainment for the night.