Motions to Parliament

Kristie Johnston MP, Notice of Motion – 12 June 2024

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Ms Johnston to move—That the House:—
(1) Notes:—
(a) that the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 has some of the most
comprehensive prohibitions against discrimination and bullying in
educational settings in Australia. However, according to recently released
data from the Australian Council for Educational Research, Tasmania has the
highest rate of schoolyard bullying of any state or territory;
(b) the regular and numerous reports to support services and in the media of
school students and staff experiencing discrimination and prohibited conduct;
(c) the adverse impacts of discrimination and bullying on students, staff, parents
and whole school communities, including adverse impacts on physical and
mental health; and
(d) there is growing concern about Tasmania’s lower levels of student
participation, retention and achievement and that discrimination and bullying
can adversely impact all three.
(2) Refers the following reference to the Standing Committee on Government
Administration Committee A to:—
(a) inquire into and report upon direct and indirect discrimination, prohibited
conduct, unequal and disadvantageous treatment, bullying and harassment in
Tasmanian schools in regard to students and staff;
(b) inquire into and report upon the measures necessary to prevent and remedy
discrimination and bullying in Tasmanian schools in regard to students and
staff;
(c) examine the obligations and duties of Tasmanian schools under the AntiDiscrimination Act 1998 and other relevant statutes and policies in regard to
students and staff;
(d) examine and recommend what efforts are being made and should be made
towards meeting those obligations by Tasmanian schools in regard to students
and staff;
(e) examine what other legislative or policy reforms may be required to address
discrimination and bullying in regard to students and staff;
(f) determine the impact of discrimination and bullying on student participation,
retention and educational outcomes, and on staff recruitment, retention,
workplace safety and career development;
(g) ensure appropriate public consultation is conducted on all matters;
(h) any other matter incidental; and
(i) that the Committee reports by 28 November 2024. (11 June 2024)

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