The Chinese community petition against the so-called Safe Schools program is to be debated Thursday in the NSW Parliament, prompting the Australian Christian Lobby to call on parents to fill the Assembly’s public gallery in a show of parental concern.

The petition, signed by 17,000 people is scheduled to be debated at 3:30pm.

ACL’s NSW Director, Mark Makowiecki said the petition was a demonstration of the ground-swell of concern about the gender ideology prevalent in Safe Schools. 

“For two years the Safe Schools program has had a free pass in New South Wales, but the community is beginning to realise the dangerous contested gender theory that it promotes,” Mr Makowiecki said.

He took the opportunity to warn parents that Safe Schools and same sex marriage are part of the same package deal.  “If the gender requirement is removed from marriage via changes to the Marriage Act, anti-discrimination laws will be leveraged to ensure that Safe Schools-style sex education becomes the norm.”

Mr Makowiecki also drew attention to the lack of government transparency, “In July, the NSW Government took away the rights of parents to know which schools are running the program, making the list secret.

“The fact that they’re now hiding information which was previously publicly available has only strengthened parents’ resolve to be properly informed of what their children are being taught.”

Mr Makowiecki reiterated calls made last week for the Minister of Education, Adrian Piccoli, to make known the timeline of Mark Scott’s investigation into the controversial Crossroads program.

“It is really important that Mr Scott’s investigation is a transparent process and one that parents are allowed to have input into,” he said.

“The revelations that students in NSW schools are being taught, in several programs, that their gender is fluid – a scientifically questionable concept – constitutes a massive breach of trust. 

“It is therefore imperative that the Minister does all he can to reassure parents that their interests are being respected.”