Society should make a compact with itself on cyber-bullying SA set energy example
The distressing story of Amy Everett brings to the surface the evil of bullying and the vulnerability of young people to its effects (“Family mourns as Akubra Amy succumbs to cyberbullying”, 11/1). While our young people must learn to be resilient against the hurt and unfairness that life will sometimes deal to them, we should do everything in our power to enable them to address bullying while they are at school.
From experience and research over many years as a teacher and principal, I learnt that bullying is a complex and difficult thing. It is as much about culture as regulation, and at its core it is about the ways we treat one another.
Underpinning rules and protocols should be an inviolable covenant — something that goes deeper and appeals to the human spirit, not just the intellect. It should be worded some- thing like this: “I have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and the responsibility to treat others in this way.” That would apply equally to adults and young people in schools, whatever their gender, appearance, sexuality or any other potential difference. It must be constantly affirmed. Norman Hunter, Chapel Hill, Qld A renewed commitment to say no to bullying is a noble aim of our Prime Minister in reference to the death of 14 year-old Amy (Dolly) Everett.
Unfortunately, I fear this will go nowhere while our politicians continue, on occasions, their venomous tirades against each other.
There is no other description for some of this behaviour other than bullying. The shouting and demeaning remarks are the hallmark of the bully. This behaviour in parliament is justified under the guise of the cut and thrust of politics. The bullies justify their behaviour under the cut and thrust of life.
The Prime Minister, along with all members of parliament, must take the lead and show everyone that there can be no exempted justifications for bullying under any circumstances. Neil Matterson, Byron Bay, NSW Mark Butler assumes that by closing our coal-fired power stations and embracing windmills and solar panels we can have affordable energy (“PM lets Abbott sap his energy as we strive for a clean future”, 12/1). At the moment, South Australia has done that and it has the most expensive energy in the world.
Elsewhere in the world of sanity, 62 countries are building or have in the planning stage 1600 coal-fired power stations, including Japan building 45 and South Korea 26. The difference between these countries and ourselves is that their politicians, have taken a close look at the science. They have concluded that wrong computer models do not justify the destruction of their economies and imposing a lower standard of living on their citizens.
With a few exceptions, politicians in this country have betrayed their people and we are on the way to 50 per cent renewables via the Labor states who believed Tim Flannery when he said the rains would never fill the dams again and built the useless and expensive desalination plants. Clive Bond, Wynnum, Qld