Speaking in Shepparton yesterday, Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark has said it is up to the community to help stamp out bullying by reporting it to the authorities.By Riahn Smith
Goulburn Valley residents have been urged to take a zero-tolerance approach to bullying as part of a Victoria-wide campaign to raise awareness of Brodie’s Law.
The law, which made serious bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail, was introduced almost 18 months ago after the suicide of Melbourne woman Brodie Panlock.
The 19-year-old died in 2006 after experiencing ‘‘relentless physical and mental abuse’’ at her workplace.
The campaign will see information about bullying and bullying laws distributed to more than 8000 schools, workplaces and police stations across Victoria.
Speaking at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton yesterday, Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said identifying, stopping and, ideally, preventing bullying was a community-wide responsibility.
‘‘It’s one thing to have a law on the statute books, but it’s important that people know that the law is there,’’ Mr Clark said.
‘‘Everyone is entitled to be safe in our community and no-one should be forced to endure the fear and degradation of bullying. Authorities rely on information from the community to stamp out bullying, so if you or someone you know is being bullied, report it.’’
Department of Justice Hume regional director John Duck said the region welcomed the campaign.
‘‘It’s a learning for all of us about what can, and what shouldn’t, happen inside schools and inside workplaces,’’ Mr Duck said.
‘‘I think the message is clear that bullying of any level is not acceptable in our society .
‘‘This is just one step in ensuring that everyone understands that.’’
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The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
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The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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