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.RIAHN SMITH November 24, 2012 4:58am
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.’’
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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