The Australian Christian Lobby today thanked Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham for removing material that promotes Minus 18 from the Department’s student wellbeing hub.
The Safe Schools material promoting Minus 18 was removed following questions in Senate Estimates yesterday from Nationals Senator John Williams as to why it was still being promoted to schools, months after the Minister ordered it to stop.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said it was clear that the Department had failed to ensure the Minister’s directives were implemented to ensure it was safe for school-aged children.
ACL thanks Minister Birmingham for his swift action to now remove material promoting Minus 18, an organisation that provides instruction to children on penis tucking andchest binding and teaches that gender is fluid,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“Minus 18 contains overtly sexualised content that is not appropriate to be used in the classroom. Children should never be taught that their gender is fluid and that it is merely a social construct,” Mr Shelton said.
In March, Minister Birmingham ordered that “all third party organisation branding removed from all official resources”.
The research underpinning Safe Schools was recently discredited in a report by Sydney University Professor Patrick Parkinson who warned that it was flawed and misleading.
“Unfortunately after seven months, the government was struggling to untangle the Safe Schools Coalition from third party groups such as Minus18, yesterday’s questioning revealed.
“Sadly the the Safe Schools Coalition material, which loses its federal funding in April 2017, remains captured by gender ideology,” said Mr Shelton.
“Parents should be aware that Safe Schools encourages teachers not to use the pronouns ‘he’ or ‘she’ when speaking to children and encourages schools to change their uniform and toilet policies to accommodate students identifying as the opposite gender.”