Tasmanian Current Goverment to Implement Tasmanian law Reform Recommendation in full in Regards to Bullying Report 22

Continuous Bullying is harming our youths and later on effects them into Adulthood the figures are alarming and needs to be addressed by every means possible

Tasmanian Residents wish this report to be implemented in its full 15 Recommendations by the Tasmanian Law reform institute.

The Report makes 15 recommendations. Together, the recommendations are designed to create a tiered response to bullying consisting of:

·         a criminal justice response reserved for the most serious examples which extends the offence of stalking in the Criminal Code to cover common bullying behaviours. The Report also recommends changes to the Justices Act to facilitate applications for restraint orders on the grounds of bullying.

·         a civil justice response which seeks solutions through mediation and restorative justice practices. The Report recommends incorporating a mediation procedure into the restraint order process, or extending the jurisdiction of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to deal with complaints of bullying. Recommendations are also made to ensure that all Tasmanian workers have access to workplace bullying complaint processes.

·         the development of legislative requirements for schools to implement anti-bullying policies and procedures. Policies should address the best interests of all children involved, whether those children are involved as victims, participants or bystanders.

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