Australian Capital Territory Criminal act to include Continuous Bullying as a Criminal Offence

Suicide and Mental Health conditions caused due to continuous bullying is one of the major factors to Suicide being our Major killer of our youth in Australia

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Act draws the attention of the House to the fact that: 

• Bullying now takes many forms. 
• Laws are inadequate and do not reflect developments in technology and social networking. 
• Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Australia. 
• The Crimes Act 1900 section 35 and Education Act 2004 require amendment to include bullying, and cyber-bullying to make these punishable acts. 
• Bullying is reported to cost the economy $36 billion per year. 

Your Petitioners therefore request that the House: 
• Acknowledge laws are insufficient to protect physical and mental safety. 
• Acknowledge the deaths of Jessica tolhurst [14] and Charlotte Dawson and the public campaigns that ensued calling for bullying-specific laws. 
• Acknowledge many recent cases of suicide purportedly induced by bullying. 
• Recognise 1 in 4 Australian children report being bullied, but many instances go unreported, with research revealing perceived lack of adult interest as the reason. 
• Acknowledge data indicating an increase of 657% in youth self harm and suicide. 
•  The Crimes Act 1900 section 35 to include: 
o bullying as a criminal offence; 
o cyber-bullying as a criminal offence; 
o bullying or cyber-bullying resulting in psychological harm as a criminal offence; and 
o inciting suicide and self harm by bullying, cyber-bullying or stalking. 
• Amend the Education Act 2004 to include bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour punishable in accordance with the Crime Act 1900 section 35

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