The Criminal Code Amendment (Bullying) Bill 2019 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly on 21 March 2019 by the Minister for Justice, the Hon Elise Archer.
A Draft Bill was released for public consultation between December 2018 and February 2019. The Government received about 20 submissions to this consultation.
The proposed legislation seeks to expand the crime of stalking and criminalise serious bullying behaviour to address the problem of bullying. If passed, the Bill will implement the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to amend the Criminal Code Act 1924 (the “Criminal Code”) to make serious cyberbullying a criminal offence.
Ms Archer said “the new legislation strikes a balance between protecting Tasmanians from bullying whilst being careful not to unnecessarily bring people, particularly young people, before the courts”.
In her Speech, the Minister commented:
As outlined in the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum (the “EM”), amendments will:
Ms Archer told
She also told the paper:
“…the Government is investing $3 million over four years to combat bullying and cyberbullying in all Tasmanian Government schools, and since 2014 we have employed more than 63 support staff to provide more social and emotional support where needed ... Our schools are utilising the Respectful Relationships Education resource, and recently, the Government partnered with Relationships Australia to deliver the Speak Up Stay Chatty program in schools over the next four years.”
While outlining the proposed changes in a, Ms Archer said:
The proposed amendments outlined in the Bill were also supported by, who in their submission to Government, noted:
TimeBase is an independent, privately owned Australian legal publisher specialising in the online delivery of accurate, comprehensive and innovative legislation research tools including LawOne and unique Point-in-Time Products. Nothing on this website should be construed as legal advice and does not substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel.
Criminal Code Amendment (Bullying) Bill 2019 - Bill and supporting information available from TimeBase's LawOne Service.
FREE legislation news, delivered weekly.
Sign up now.#WeLoveLegislation Tweets
NEW information resources - great for training.