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Australia’s National Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction: Paper Tiger or Velvet Glove

School of Law and Justice, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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Academic Editor: Frank Pasquale
Received: 14 December 2015 / Revised: 27 January 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2016 / Published: 15 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Justice Connections)
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Australia’s innovative national anti-bullying legislation came into effect on 1 January 2014, against a backdrop of fear and resistance on the part of some conservative politicians and other stakeholder opponents. This paper contributes to an understanding of the efficacy and value of this fledgling jurisdiction or its lack thereof. In it, we describe the beginnings of the anti-bullying regime, outline the new legislative provisions, explore whether the inaction of the first six months has continued, examine the statistics arising from the jurisdiction’s first 15 months of operation, and review the case law development over its first 18 months. We ask whether the anti-bullying jurisdiction is proving to be a paper tiger in an empty suit or iron fist in a velvet glove. View Full-Text
Keywords: bullying; workplace; Australia anti-bullying legislation bullying; workplace; Australia anti-bullying legislation
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Ballard, A.; Easteal, P. Australia’s National Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction: Paper Tiger or Velvet Glove. Laws 2016, 5, 4.

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