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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to every school principal across Australia urging them to help stamp out bullying and violence.

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is later this month, and the letter penned by Mr Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham said schools, parents and families all had a role in ending bullying, shares ABC news.

“We believe all students have the right to be safe at school,” the letter said.

“Bullying and violence has no place in Australia.”

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The letter has been sent during a period of broader debate about student safety across Australia, in the wake of a damning report into the culture of the nation’s residential colleges.

Senator Birmingham said students subjected to violent hazing should go to police.

“Assault is assault as I said, and we have laws in place and we ought to make sure that people aren’t just threatened or fined or sanctioned in a polite way for instances of assault,” Senator Birmingham told the ABC’s AM.

“That’s what we have criminal sanctions and charges for, and they ought to be pursued.

“The message has to be very, very clear that zero tolerance will be applied in terms of instances of assault on campuses, and that universities will help students go to the police or help students take action to make sure that this culture is changed.”

I really do hope that some serious changes are put in place to help tackle bullying both online and in schools. #doitfordolly

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  • Bullying needs to be stopped in homes, schools, teams, workplaces and all places which includes parliament. Politicians need to lead and role model acceptable and appropriate behaviour. Letters need to be followed up by actions.

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  • I hope they do something about verbal bullying too. A lot of pupils are suffering from emotional and self-esteem issues from that. I am sure a very high % of youth suicides stem from that, not physical bullying.


    • Verbal and mental abuse is truly awful and every form of bullying needs to be stopped and everyone needs to be alert and responsible in stopping it!

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  • I wonder if our school has received this letter yet? Good him for addressing it Australia wide.

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  • Well that will fix it! Big Malcom says please stop so how could that not work?

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  • A lot of the schools do nothing, they don’t believe it is happening, a parent has to become the bully towards the school to get anything done on many occasions

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  • Bullying is such a big issue lately. And schools should do something about it. I hope we will soon see some response to the PM’s letter.

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