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.’’
Jan and Peter Wallace will attend the most emotional Anzac Day dawn service there is.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFEs student of the year at her graduation this month.
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