Former judge says schools, parents should be liable for bullying

DAVID MARK: A former Chief Justice of the Family Court says schools and parents should be held legally responsible for bullying by students.

Alastair Nicholson says the current laws don’t work, and a national approach is needed to clarify the law around bullying in schools.

He spoke to our reporter Liz Hobday at a conference to discuss bullying in Melbourne today.

LIZ HOBDAY: The chairman of the National Centre Against Bullying, Alastair Nicholson, says the laws around bullying aren’t keeping up.

ALASTAIR NICHOLSON: There are gaps, there’s a mishmash and I think the states and the Commonwealth have a duty to do something about it.


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