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

Allison Ballard and Patricia Easteal 2016 ‘Australia’s National Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction: Paper Tiger or Velvet Glove’ Laws, 5, 4; doi:10.3390/laws5010004

18 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2016

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Allison J. Ballard

University of Canberra - School of Law

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: February 15, 2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords: bullying, workplace, Australia anti-bullying legislation

JEL Classification: K19, J7, K40, K39

Suggested Citation

Ballard, Allison J. and Easteal, Patricia L., Australia's National Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction: Paper Tiger or Velvet Glove (February 15, 2016). Allison Ballard and Patricia Easteal 2016 ‘Australia’s National Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction: Paper Tiger or Velvet Glove’ Laws, 5, 4; doi:10.3390/laws5010004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2732859

Allison J. Ballard

University of Canberra - School of Law ( email )

Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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