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.”
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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