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Prime Minister writes to all principals to tackle bullying



Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to school principals across the country in a bid to tackle bullying and violence.

The letter was sent ahead of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on March 16.

“We believe all students have the right to be safe at school,” Mr Turnbull wrote in the letter. “Bullying and violence has no place in Australia.

“This is our chance to stand together. Together we can reduce the incidence of bullying, whether inside the school gate or online, and eliminate it wherever we can.”

The Prime Minister said more than 2300 schools had registered as official National Day of Action schools, with more than one million students committed to take a stand.

He said the National Day of Action brought school communities together to find workable solutions that address bullying and violence.

“While schools and educators have a key role to play in tackling bullying, we also know the important role parents and families play,” Mr Turnbull wrote. “We urge you and your school community to get involved.”

Australian Primary Principals Association President Dennis Yarrington said addressing bullying has to be a community focus.

“Everyone has the responsibility to talk and act differently and call out those who want to use words or actions that cause harm or insult,” he said.

“Responding to incidents and supporting all involved requires times, resources and support. Schools can not do this alone.  We need all adults to model the way we want our children to act. Stronger partnership between school home and community will give strength to all to eliminate bullying.”

Further information about the National Day is available at