MEDIA RELEASE26 February 2016
Language used by the Safe-Schools-promoted website Minus 18 to educate children in gender theory is so offensive that an epetition featuring words from it was again rejected by the Clerk of the Queensland Parliament.
Responding to a request by ACL’s Queensland director Wendy Francis to use the State Government’s epetition service, the Executive Secretary to the Clerk, Sandy Musch, rejected the petition saying it was ‘non-conforming as it contains intemperate and unparliamentary language’.
It is the second time the Clerk has censored an e-petition featuring Safe Schools-promoted material.
The petition made reference to the Safe Schools resource website Minus 18 which encourages students to ask teachers to unblock the website to by-pass school internet filters.
The QLD Parliament gives residents access to an online epetition service which allows people to directly petition the Parliament.
The petition said in part: ‘This website (promoted by Safe Schools) contains inappropriate material including instructions for girls about breast binding despite warning of potential lethal consequences, about boys tucking their testicles inside their abdomen and taping their penis between their legs, as well as introducing the topic of STI’s in this way - “So I done fucked up. Literally. One Grindr hook-up gone wrong, and that’s how I got myself some gonorrhoea…. So it’s not as terrible as you may have expected, in fact it’s not terrible at all.”
Ms Francis said it was ironic that Safe Schools continues to defend this language and content as acceptable for school kids but it did not pass muster with the QLD Parliament.
“It really is shocking that Safe Schools and Minus 18 have been telling concerned parents that there is nothing inappropriate with the program yet clearly the QLD parliament does not share this view.
“It is frightening that kids are being told, through Safe Schools-endorsed websites, how to delete their browsing history after looking at adult sites.
“Kids are also encouraged to find ways to by-pass internet filters designed to protect children from adult sites.”
In an email explaining why the QLD Parliament could not accept the epetition, Ms Musch said: “On behalf of the Clerk of the Parliament I advise your petition is non-conforming as it contains intemperate and unparliamentarily language.”
“In accordance with Standing Orders, “A petition must be respectful, decorous and temperate and not contain any unparliamentary language or otherwise offence any rule or practice of the House”. [SO 121(4)]
“May I suggest you resubmit your e-petition request form with revised wording in accordance with Standing Orders.”
Ms Francis said the QLD Parliament response just reinforced the concerns that were raised in parliament on Thursday by Queensland Federal MP George Christensen.
“Mr Christensen did the right thing by Federal Parliament and the people of Australia by pointing out the links from Safe Schools endorsed websites to sex clubs, sex toy shops, adult community sites and other pornography.
“It is disappointing that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not backed Mr Christensen for considering the wellbeing of children.”
ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said since marriage was redefined in countries like Ireland and Canada, programs like Safe Schools had become mandatory.
The Victorian Government plans to make Safe Schools mandatory from 2018.
"Many people are asking questions about where rainbow ideology is taking our politics,” Mr Shelton said.
"The Government should immediately pay out its contract with the program providers.
"The break fee would be a small price to pay to ensure all children could be safe at school."
Full script of ACL epetition to QLD Parliament dated 26 February 2016:Queensland Residents draw to the attention of the House the Safe Schools Coalition resources, in particular Minus18 who have co-produced and co-written many of the resources. Safe Schools Coalition resources tell children it is important for them to be able to access the Minus18 website at school, and that if it is blocked they should speak to a teacher. This website contains inappropriate material including instructions for girls about breast binding despite warning of potential lethal consequences, about boys tucking their testicles inside their abdomen and taping their penis between their legs, as well as introducing the topic of STI’s in this way - “So I done fucked up. Literally. One Grindr hook-up gone wrong, and that’s how I got myself some gonorrhoea…. So it’s not as terrible as you may have expected, in fact it’s not terrible at all.”This resource is potentially very dangerous and we call on the government to act in the best interests of all of our children. The residents of Queensland believe no one should be bullied at school, including children identifying as LGBTI. But promoting radical sex education and gender theories to children as young as 4 years old is not the role of Government.Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to
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- Conduct an inquiry conducted into the appropriateness of the materials use for school children
- Stop the use of these resources in our schools until the inquiry can be completed
- Reveal the list of Queensland schools who have currently adopted the program