Given our recent focus on workplace bullying, and thanks to our wonderful contributor, @trinny61 [Trinny] we stumbled on the Crimes Amendment (Bullying) Bill 2011 (‘the Bill’) research brief. The Bill provides for the criminalisation of serious bullying. It has been drafted in the context of the suicide in 2006 of a young Victorian woman, Brodie Panlock, who was the victim of serious workplace bullying…
Victorian Bullying Bill provides for the criminalisation of serious bullying
At present, serious bullying behaviour can fall within the definition of stalking in the Crimes Act 1958. Under the Crimes Act, the penalty for stalking is up to ten years’ imprisonment.
The Bill also adds the same provisions to the Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008 and the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010, so that the three Acts are consistent and victims of serious bullying can make applications for the issue of intervention orders.
The Attorney-General, the Hon. Robert Clark, gave the second reading speech for the Crimes Amendment (Bullying) Bill on 6 April 2011. Mr Clark stated that the government is committed to addressing serious bullying in the community. He said that the death of Brodie Panlock, a 19 year old woman who ended her life after enduring a persistent campaign of bullying, was a tragic reminder of the serious consequences that bullying can have on victims, their families and the community.
He said that the tragedy was compounded by the fact that none of those responsible for the bullying was charged with a serious criminal offence under the Crimes Act, but were instead convicted and fined under the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
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