Burns Beach anti-bullying advocate rubs shoulders with PM, Ministers on trip to Canberra

Sian Williams (front, centre) with guests including Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the Prime Minister’s barbecue.
Sian Williams (front, centre) with guests including Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the Prime Minister’s barbecue.

BURNS Beach anti-bullying advocate Sian Williams (11) mingled with Federal politicians in Canberra this month.

The Lake Joondalup Baptist College primary head girl met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the trip with her parents Glyn and Azelene.

They had arranged to visit Parliament House to spread the anti-bullying message to MPs and Moore MHR Ian Goodenough showed the Williams family the main attractions of the capital last weekend before parliament resumed.

That included a pre-booked ferry cruise around Lake Burley Griffin that clashed with a barbecue the Prime Minister was hosting at his official residence The Lodge.

When Mr Goodenough contacted the Prime Minister to apologise for not being able to attend the barbecue, Mr Turnbull invited the Williams family to The Lodge.

He had recently attended the funeral of, Dolly, a 14-year-old girl who committed suicide due to bullying, so he was aware of the issue in schools.

Sian Williams, Lucy Turnbull and Azelene Williams.

Sian met the Prime Minister and Lucy Turnbull as well as other MPs and Senators to discuss Kidzucate, her educational campaign against bullying.

On Monday, Sian had a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House, where she met Cowan MHR Anne Aly, Speaker Tony Smith and the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, WA Senator Michaelia Cash. She also attended Question Time.

“Sian was well organised, bringing business cards, and promotional material to spread the message against bullying in schools,” Mr Goodenough said.

“My colleagues were impressed with her enthusiasm and professionalism in someone so young.

“It shows that you are never too young to make a difference in our community.”

The 2017 City of Joondalup Young Citizen of the Year and Pride of Australia medal winner made a compelling case.

“It was so exciting to not only share my story with the Prime Minister but so many other members of Parliament and they really listened to what I had to say,” Sian said.

The Williams family with PM Malcolm Turnbull and Moore MHR Ian Goodenough.

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