Sunday, November 18, 2007

IAFQ Picnic in the park

Here are a few pics from the IAFQ Picnic in the Park today. The picnic was designed to bring a focus to intercountry adoption, particularly issues around fee increases, post adoption programs, and the need for more agreements between Australia and other countries in order to open up new programs. We had a number of guest speakers, including IAFQ's new official ambassador, Deborra-Lee Furness. Deborra-Lee and her husband Hugh Jackman have two adopted children.
Most of the other speakers were politicians, including local ministers and the Federal Attorney General Phillip Ruddock . I enjoyed most the speech from Jann Stuckey MP for Currumbin. She showed genuine concern and passion for intercountry adoption.

Here's the two of us, just kicking back!If you're in Australia, be sure to watch Today Tonight and A Current Affair tomorrow night (Monday 19th Nov).

**Leisa can be seen in the background of our pic, and she has written an informative post about the picnic - read it here.

7 comments:

leisa said...

Look at you two cuties and there I am in the background. I have had a bit to say as well tonight. I will be watching the TV tomorrow night with interest.

LaLa said...

What a great looking couple you are!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I had heard about this (all the way over here). We are in a AustralianExPatAdoption Yahoo Group and there was talk of this picnic and adoption throughout Australia - not only for China... I think it is great the way that Deborah and Hugh have stood up for this whole situation... looking at the photos though makes me homesick... just looking at the trees etc...

RoLo said...

This is a great idea

blondie said...

Great photo of the two of you. Love the new hairstyle, Emma.

I only wish that Steve and I had made it to the rally - for once in our lives we actually were busy with a social life and not free... :(

David said...

I hope good change comes from the picnic!

~*~Sandie~*~ said...

Emma, we were there too and I was looking for you, but we didn't see you until you drove out in front of us! From your photos, you can't have been sitting too far away from where we were. I'm so sorry we missed you!