Premier writes to Facebook as Qld cracks down on cyberbullying

THE Queensland Premier has written to the heads of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google, reminding them of their obligations to better protect young people who use their online and social media platforms.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will also write to television networks, broadcasters and streaming services, requesting they include ‘bullying’ in program consumer advice.

The Premier made the announcement while updating Parliament today on the government’s response to the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce report.


“I’ve also announced a new Advisory Committee has been established to help Queensland Government departments action the 29 recommendations from the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce report,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The committee is an important next step in creating a safer and more supportive online environment for Queensland’s children and young people.

“The safety and wellbeing of Queensland’s young people is a top priority for my Government and the work of this committee supports our $3.5m commitment to address the prevalence of cyberbullying and the harm it can cause.”

The government’s $3.5m promise includes $2m to develop cyberbullying awareness and education campaigns, $1m for Queensland schools and $500,000 in grants for those wanting to undertake their own initiatives.

The new Advisory Committee will be chaired by Queensland University of Technology legal academic and Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce member Peter Black and include members with a breadth of experience.

The first biannual progress report on the Government’s Anti-Cyberbullying response will be tabled in Queensland Parliament in April.

Ms Palaszczuk said a number of recommendations from the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce report still required federal support.

“At the Council of Australian Governments meeting in December, I requested support for ‘right to be forgotten’ legislation, which would allow degrading cyberbullying material to effectively be erased from the internet,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This month I am writing to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking an update on this matter, as well as other Taskforce recommendations which require national action.

“There is not one thing we can do to eliminate cyberbullying – we must do everything, and my Government will continue to lead by example in 2019.”