ONLINE CONSULTATION OPENS FOR BULLYING INQUIRY

ONLINE CONSULTATION OPENS FOR BULLYING INQUIRY

20 August 2009

Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP today encouraged young people to have their say on bullying through an online survey, which opened last Friday and is publicised through Facebook, as part of the Inquiry into Bullying of Children and Young People.

In a first for a NSW parliamentary committee, the Chair of General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2, the Hon Robyn Parker MLC, announced the innovative consultation as a new way of reaching inquiry participants.

“Social networking sites are now a common form of communication for young people. The online consultation, publicised using Facebook, will give us a new method to communicate with young people and hear their views,” Robyn Parker said.

“This will be the first time that the NSW Parliament has used the Internet as a means of consultation and reflects the importance that the Committee has placed on hearing the voice of young people. We are keen to give young people the opportunity to assist the Committee in shaping workable solutions to the problem of bullying.”

The online survey was developed in close collaboration with young people and is targeted at people aged 20 years and younger. The consultation will run for one week to enable young people to have their say on this important issue.

The online consultation commenced on Friday, 14 August 2009. The survey can be found at http://bullyingyourviewcounts.com.au

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577