Queensland Premier Urges COAG On Bullying
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to put the issue of bullying on the agenda at next month's COAG meeting.
Ms Palaszczuk on Sunday acknowledged that the prevalence of bullying would mean many students returning to school on Monday would be feeling apprehensive about the start of the term.
She has called for a national focus on bullying, similar to action taken to address domestic and family violence, and pledged to "rededicate" her government to working with children, parents, schools and the community to help stop it.
"I've written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to have this issue put on the COAG agenda when COAG meets in February," she told reporters in Logan on Monday.
"I don't have all the answers, but I'm quite sure that there are parents out there that have answers, there are principals out there that have answers, and I am more than happy to sit down with a range of stakeholders ... to have this very open conversation about what more we can do."
Her comments came as Queensland's 817,000 students began returning to classrooms for the start of the school year - a week ahead of their interstate counterparts.
More than 65,000 students will be starting prep year, 47,000 of them in the public system.
Meanwhile, high schools will start laying the groundwork for year 11 students in preparation for changes to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and tertiary entrance system to start in 2019.