Australian Christian Lobby spokesperson Wendy Francis today said she was disappointed that Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, had defended the $8million taxpayer funded Safe Schools program despite revelations of the extreme nature of the content.
“I’m quite certain that if Mr Shorten examined the material he would share the concerns of parents like Cella White, who withdrew her children from Frankston High School,” Ms Francis said.
“Most parents do not want boys in the girls’ bathrooms at school or their children instructed in the harmful practices of the Minus 18 website which Safe Schools says kids must have access to.”
Ms Francis said it was wrong to teach four-year-olds that “no one can tell you what gender you are,” as the Safe Schools’ promoted book the Gender Fairy teaches.
“Mr Shorten has rejected a whole collection of evidence that has been unearthed by investigative journalists in the past week as well as the advice from child psychiatrists. Safe Schools, and the Minus 18 website it promotes, is not age appropriate and is sexually explicit,” Ms Francis said.
“It is not reasonable for 11-year-olds to be role playing in class where they are asked to imagine that they are 16 and in a same-sex relationship.”
Ms Francis said no one wanted bullying in schools and no one would have an issue with Safe Schools if it really was an anti-bulling program.
“We encourage Mr Shorten to have a close look at what Safe Schools is teaching children.
“No one is saying that bullying is okay, but providing instructions for girls on chest-binding and boys on genital tucking or having boys in girls’ toilets has nothing to do with a bullying program.
“There are already many good bullying programs in place that deal with bullying in all its forms.”
Ms Francis said pressure was mounting federally and in other state parliaments as new evidence emerged of what was contained in Safe Schools.
“We call on State Parliaments and the Federal Parliament to hold an urgent review into Safe Schools and to remove this harmful material immediately,” Ms Francis said.
“The Commonwealth Government should cancel its contracts funding Safe Schools because it is not safe.
“Who is liable if a child damages themselves or later has surgery they regret?
“A thorough investigation must be undertaken to see how this has slipped into our school system.”
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