The Victorian Liberal Party’s firm stand against the controversial “Safe Schools” program will be welcomed by parents and the community who are concerned with Labor’s agenda to enforce the program on all government secondary schools.

ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said reports that the Opposition would axe the so-called Safe Schools if it won the 2018 election would provide relief to parents feeling powerless against a Government intent on keeping the sexualised and age-inappropriate material in schools.

“The ACL is encouraged by Opposition Education spokesman Nick Wakeling’s commitment to starting ‘all over again but this time without a fringe ideological agenda and a focus on a broader anti-bullying program that teaches kids to respect everyone and where parents are engaged.

Some parents have recently been forced to remove their children from High School to avoid the program’s negative impact upon their children. This comes at the cost of private school fees and social disruption. These parents are currently seeking a meeting with Premier Daniel Andrews and the Education Minister James Merlino to address their concerns.” Mr Flynn said.  

“It was also pleasing to see Liberal leader Matthew Guy warn against introducing the material into all Victorian classrooms as has been promised by Premier Daniel Andrews, who has labelled those who question the program ‘bigots’”.

The comments from the Opposition were reinforced by a Liberal Party policy document which was quoted by The Age and said Safe Schools was “all about pushing one person’s radical-Marxist ideology onto other people’s children.”

“Victorian schools should provide genuine anti-bullying programs for students, which promote respect for all others irrespective of their circumstances,” the document reportedly says.

“These programs should not be a Trojan horse for politicising the Victorian education system.”

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has also come out in support of the program, which teaches children as young as four that their gender is fluid and a social construct.

“The Victorian and Federal Labor Parties need to treat the genuine concerns of parents and the community seriously, put the welfare of children first and not fall into the trap of being the mouthpiece of rainbow activists,” Mr Flynn said.

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