Queensland will spend $3.5 million to tackle the problem of cyberbullying, but says the federal government must take up the issue as well.
The Palaszczuk government has accepted all 29 recommendations of a report from a taskforce into the issue and says they will be implemented as soon as possible.
Among the measures are $2 million over two years for a public awareness campaign and $500,000 for community groups to develop or enhance their own anti-cyberbullying campaigns.
Queensland schools would get $1 million, which includes $450,000 in funding to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation, set up by Dolly Everett’s parents Tick and Kate Everett after the teenager took her own life in January.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk admitted $3.5 million was comparatively small but said it was only a first step, and she wanted the federal government to take the next one.
“Queensland has provided a Queensland response, and I want a national response,” the premier said.
She plans to bring the matter to the December meeting of the Council of n Governments, after raising it there earlier this year when the report was first announced.
State opposition leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP was committed to giving the issue full bipartisan support.
The government will set up a committee to implement all the recommendations, however they aren’t due to sit until February 2019.
In the meantime, the education department and other relevant government bodies have been tasked with on recommendations that can be tackled immediately.
Other recommendations include requesting TV and streaming networks to include “bullying” in program advisories, lobby social media companies to improve their bullying policies, and deliver a comprehensive online portal for all the community to access anti-bullying material.
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