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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Bullying research shows need for national response to tackle complex issue

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, February 09, 2018

    Bullying research shows need for national response to tackle complex issue

    A survey of Australian kids showing that more than half (52%) who admitted they engaged in potentially cyberbullying behaviour believed they were being cyberbullied highlighted the need for a national response, coordinating actions and programs to tackle the issue.

    Ms Palaszczuk will be asking the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Chief Ministers, at the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in Canberra today, to be part of a national response to combat bullying, particularly cyberbullying.

    “The yourtown survey released today shows this is a very complex issue for children, their parents and the wider society,” she said.

    “yourtown operates the national Kids Helpline and Parentline from Queensland.”

    “I support yourtown’s conclusion that – ‘We need society-wide and targeted education programs across the nation for both children and adults’.”

    “I will asking the leaders of Australian governments to come together to consider existing and new initiatives to help combat bullying and cyberbullying, to ensure we work together as a nation and consider pulling together a national summit as we did for family and domestic violence.”

    Results of the yourtown survey of 395 young people released today are attached.

    Young people needing support can contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

    Parents and carers can call Parentline on 1300 30 1300

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791