The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s substantial pruning of the so-called Safe Schools program after more than 18 months of campaigning.

Despite the changes announced today, ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the program still encouraged teachers drop terms like “he” or “she” when referring to students.

“An ideology that says someone’s gender is largely a social construct continues to be the underlying idea taught to children and that is something most parents would have issues with.

“Gender specific speech should not be purged from our schools to suit an ideology. This has nothing to do with stopping bullying.

“Kids should not be confused with the prohibition of words like “he” and “she” or innocuous phrases like “ladies and gentlemen” or “boys and girls” – this is ideological madness.

“It also appears that the program continues to encourage schools to change their toilet policy in a manner that could allow boys identifying as girls to use the girl’s toilets.

“We are seeking clarification from the Minister’s office on this,” Mr Shelton said.

“We welcome the opportunity for parents to be consulted and for them to have a say in whether or not their children participate.”

Mr Shelton said a program promoting resources that instruct in chest binding for girls and penis tucking for boys should never have been allowed into schools in the first place.

“Schools will be safer now that Minister Birmingham has stripped Safe Schools of its ability to promote websites promoting sex products and other age inappropriate content.”