“Bullying is Hurtful and Wrong” Says Tony Abbott
Without a hint of irony, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released yet another creepy stilted video throwing his support behind a national anti-bullying campaign.
Mr Abbott urged schoolchildren to speak out against cyberbullying, labelling it “hurtful and wrong”.
“I want to speak to the children of Australia, you are our future,” Tony Abbott said in a video message filmed in his office.
“Everyone has a part to play in Australia and everyone belongs.
“The great thing about Australia is that we are all different, we are all unique.
“We are all special, and that is why there is no place for bullying, in the playground or on the internet.
“Bullying is hurtful and it’s wrong.”
The Government said 2014 research showed approximately one in five children experience bullying online, and Mr Abbott said children being bullied should not feel alone.
“If you are being bullied, I want you to know that I am behind you, that your teachers are behind you and your family is behind you as well,” he said.
He has issued the video as part of a national campaign against bullying.
Today, 1,900 schools across Australia are expected to “take a stand together” as part of the 2015 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
“I encourage you to be part of that conversation,” Mr Abbott said in his address.
The release of the video coincides with Mr Abbott using a Nazi slur to castigate Bill Shorten in Parliament House yesterday.