As federal Parliament’s only former ward of the state, Steve plays an important role in standing up for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants in Parliament and around Australia, often acting as a spokesman for the Coalition and the Parliament on these issues.
Steve is patron of CLAN, the Care Leavers’ Australia Network and was involved in the national apology to the Forgotten Australians on 16 November 2009 and the apology to former child migrants on 21 March 2013.
Steve was among the first to call for a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse and is playing a support role for the victims as they provide evidence across the country. Steve told his own story to the National Library as part of the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project and encourages others to do the same.
Steve believes the story of the Forgotten Australians should be taught as part of the National Curriculum and runs his own program in the electorate of Swan to teach students about the history of the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants.
Steve elected and says in his maiden speech that he wants to bring a National focus to the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants
Steve stands up for the Forgotten Australians over redress
As a member of an advisory committee of MPs, Steve helps deliver the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians
Steve is reunited with the final member of his family he had not met
Steve plays a leading role in the national apology for forced adoptions
Steve starts his Journey of Hope Tour of local schools as part of his campaign for the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants to be included in the National Curriculum
The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which Steve had been calling for, gets underway in Perth
The Royal Commission is extended by two years to allow it to complete more work, following a personal representation made by Steve to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Care Leavers Australia Network
The Commonwealth Government will establish a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and will invite other governments and institutions to ‘opt-in’