Legislating to recognise the acts of bullying, stalking and cyber-bullying and its effects on victims
Eligibility - Residents of Tasmania
Reuben Paul Richard Cunningham 17 Proctor Court Newnham Tasmania 7248
Sponsor: Kim Booth
Posting Date: 19/3/2015
Closing Date: 28/4/2015
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly (Tasmania)
TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY:
The petition of the undersigned citizens of Tasmania draws the attention of the House to the fact that:
• Bullying now takes many forms.
• Laws are inadequate and do not reflect developments in technology and social networking.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Australia.
• The Criminal Code Act 1924 and Education Act 1994 require amendment to include bullying, and cyber-bullying to make these punishable acts.
• Bullying is reported to cost the economy $36 billion per year.
Your Petitioners therefore request that the House:
• Acknowledge laws are insufficient to protect physical and mental safety.
• Acknowledge the deaths of Chloe Ferguson and Charlotte Dawson and the public campaigns that ensued calling for bullying-specific laws.
• Acknowledge many recent cases of suicide purportedly induced by bullying.
• Recognise 1 in 4 Australian children report being bullied, but many instances go unreported, with research revealing perceived lack of adult interest as the reason.
• Acknowledge data indicating an increase of 657% in youth self harm and suicide.
• Amend the Criminal Code Act 1924 to include:
o bullying as a criminal offence;
o cyber-bullying as a criminal offence;
o bullying or cyber-bullying resulting in psychological harm as a criminal offence; and
o inciting suicide and self harm by bullying, cyber-bullying or stalking.
• Amend the Education Act 1994 to include bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour punishable in accordance with the Act.