From the moment we start kindergarten we’re told to ignore the bullies.
We’re taught not to call people names and to retaliate with sing-song mantras – crying “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me” – even as we try to stifle the tears from playground abuse.
The Government’s ‘No Way’ campaign helps tackle bullying in our schools, while the AFP investigates what people say and do online. Here in Victoria we even have ‘Brodie’s Law’, protecting employees and employers from harassment in the workplace.
The message here is clear; the Australian government is against verbal and physical bullying.
So why is it that politicians and those is power are often the ones to set such a bad example for generations to come?