This year’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was on 16 March.
In the two months since, our elected representatives have bullied each other repeatedly: in Parliament House, during Question Time, at media interviews, etc.
‘Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons’ (www.bullyingnoway.gov.au).
A perfect description of recent parliamentarian behaviours.
If we want our kids to stop bullying, then our elected representatives must cease and desist their bullying behaviours and set a positive example.
Let’s vow to make every day a National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. And let our parliamentarians demonstrate leadership and be exemplary in this area!