Our Kids have rights! Let's Protect them.
Look at what “Safe Schools” resources include:
Gay and lesbian sex techniques
Boys wearing girls school dresses
Chest binding for girls to inhibit breast growth
Sex toy links
Fetish club links
– The Liberal and National Coalition will cut all Federal funding to Safe Schools.
– Labor has committed a further $6 million in funding to the Safe Schools program (Federal election 2016 labor commits 6m for safe schools)
– The Greens have committed to increasing Federal funding for the Safe Schools program to $32 million. They also seek to repeal religious exemptions in anti-discrimination law – the state could impose the Safe Schools program on faith-based schools.
BREAKING VIDEO: Watch Steve, a heroic father, talk about the ‘Safe Schools’ program in his daughter’s school.
Mother of four CELLA WHITE speaks in detail about how she withdrew her children from Frankston High School in Victoria in order to protect them from the so called ‘Safe Schools’ Coalition program.
George Christensen exposes Safe Schools Coalition Australia adult sex links in federal parliament
George Christensen shows adult sex links
Why Safe Schools is really “Unsafe Schools”
The Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) links to pornographic web content, sex shops, adult online communities and sex clubs. It encourages many risky sexual activities.
It is so controversial that the Prime Minister has ordered a review of the Federal Government’s funding for the program.
SSCA was created at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Many SSCA resources have been produced by Minus18. Both have received Victorian government and the Federal government has provided $8 million to SSCA. It was first rolled out in Victorian schools.
More recently, the program has been expanded across Australia to over 520 schools. The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has declared that it is to be compulsory in all Victorian schools by 2018.
Kids have rights, and those rights must be protected
All children have the right not to be bullied at school or online. Anti-bullying programs must emphasise respect for each and every other person, not single out any one group as though only that group faces bullying.
Parents have the right to decide when it is the right time to talk to their children about intimate LGBTI issues, not the state and not the school.
Parents have the right to determine what values they want taught to their children. Of concern is that the person who set up the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, Roz Ward, claims that the program is part of a strategy to radically change society as claimed by its creator, Roz Ward, who claims that “the homosexual cannot win liberation without a general sexual liberation.”
While children an education in human biology appropriate to their age, they also have the right to be protected by the state and by their schools from the Safe Schools Coalition program that links to pornographic web content, sex shops, adult online communities and sex clubs.
Check out which schools have signed up to the Safe Schools program:
This petition will be sent to Federal, State and Territory governments promoting and funding Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA).
Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,
State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers, and Federal, State and Territory Education Ministers:
We the undersigned object to governments promoting and funding the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) program for schools.
We object strongly to:
- SSCA resources providing school students with links to pornographic web content, sex shops, adult online communities and sex clubs;
- the program promoting risky behaviour such as chest-binding and gender transition treatment;
- students being taught how to cover their internet browsing history so their parents may not know what they are accessing online;
- the promotion of a wide variety of risky sexual activities as normal behaviour;
- the SSCA program being part of a strategy to radically change society as claimed by its creator, Roz Ward, who says that “the homosexual cannot win liberation without a general sexual liberation.”
We the undersigned urge your government to promote and fund genuine anti-bullying programs that teach students to respect each and every person, and call on your government to defund and remove the SSCA program from schools.
The Daily Telegraph, July 21, 2016
WHAT parents have to realise is there is nothing new or unusual about the controversy surrounding the allegation that Cheltenham Girls’ High has banned gender specific terms such as girls and boys in favour of gender-neutral language. A second example of adopting a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) agenda is Newtown High School of the Performing Arts allowing students to wear either girls or boys uniforms regardless of gender. Add the furore surrounding the lesbian-inspired Gayby Baby film being shown in schools and the Safe Schools Coalition program and it’s clear that there is a concerted campaign by LGBTI advocates to force their radical agenda on schools.
And those enforcing a cultural left agenda on students, like La Trobe University’s Roz Ward, responsible for the Safe Schools program, make no secret of the ideology underpinning their long march through the education system. In a speech at the 2015 Marxism Conference, Ward argues, “LGBTI oppression and heteronormativity are woven into the fabric of capitalism” and “it will only be through a revitalised class struggle and revolutionary change that we can hope for the liberation of LGBTI people”.
In the same speech, titled The Role Of The Left For LGBTI Rights, Ward goes on to argue “Marxism offers both the hope and the strategy needed to create a world where human sexuality, gender and how we relate to our bodies can blossom in extraordinary new and amazing ways that we can only try to imagine today”.
Welcome to the world of gender theory. A world, as argued by the Gender Fairy story, where primary-school children can choose the gender they want to be as “only you know whether you are a boy or a girl. No one can tell you”.
A world where students are asked to sing: “You don’t have to be a certain way just because you have a penis, you don’t have to be a certain way just because you have a vagina”.
And it’s been happening for years. As detailed in my 2004 book Why Our Schools Are Failing, cultural-left academics, the Australian Education Union and the Australian Association for the Teachers of English are long-term advocates of the LGBTI agenda.
The 1995 AATE journal is dedicated to promoting a cultural-left view of gender and sexuality.
One paper calls on English teachers to explore “alternative versions of masculinity”, while another warns against “the various ways in which gender categories are tied to an oppressive binary structure for organising the social and cultural practices of adolescent boys and girls.”
The AEU’s 2001 policy argues that either/or categories like male and female are not natural or normal and that “all curriculum must be written in non-heterosexist language”.
The AEU’s policy goes on to argue that any discussion about LGBTI issues must “be positive in its approach” and “homosexuality and bisexuality need to normalised”.
Ignored is that according to one of the largest national surveys of Australians, about 98 per cent self-identify as heterosexual and babies, with the odd exception, are born with either male or female chromosomes.
Fast forward to the NSW’s Teachers Federation’s LGBTI policies and it’s clear little has changed. The Federation supports the Safe Schools program and anyone arguing for the primacy of male/female relationships is guilty of “heterosexism”.
Anyone committed to the belief there are two genders is guilty of promoting “fear and hatred of lesbians and gay men” and the belief “other types of sexualities or gender identities are unhealthy, unnatural and a threat to society”.
Ignored, compared to many other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, India (where gay sex illegal) and African nations such as Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, is that Australia is a tolerant and open society. Football clubs have gay pride matches, many of our elite sports men and women have no problem ‘‘outing’’ themselves and the Gay/Lesbian mardi gras is widely accepted.
What LGBTI advocates have to accept is parents are their children’s primary teachers and caregivers and imposing a politically correct, radical LGBTI agenda on schools is more about indoctrination than education.
Dr Kevin Donnelly was co-chair of the National Curriculum Review and is a senior research fellow at the Australian Catholic University.
The Daily Telegraph, July 20, 2016
BOYS should dress up as girls as part of “non-gender-specific free play” and teachers should avoid terms like mum or dad when discussing parents — according to guidelines created by the NSW teachers’ union on how to deal with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues in the classroom.
It comes as a Sydney all-girls school where teachers were asked to not refer to students as “girls” ruled out enforcing the ban in the face of public outcry over political correctness gone mad.
Another strategy in the union guidelines includes displaying LGBTI posters, photographs and drawings in early childhood and primary school classrooms.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday attempted to get comment from the NSW Teachers Federation but was referred back to the document.
Cheltenham Girls High School yesterday posted a Facebook statement saying it would not ban the term “girls”.
“The school has not, and will not, change the way students’ gender is referred to,” it said. Yet parents remain dismayed the school has signed up to the controversial Safe Schools program without telling parents. Dr Wendy Moran has three daughters who have attended CGHS, including her youngest in Year 12. She has joined a group of 20 concerned parents who have written letters to principal Susan Bridge, complaining about the program and the secretive way it was being introduced.
They point out the recent federal government review of Safe Schools requires “agreement of relevant parent bodies for schools to participate”.
Dr Moran said the school had not consulted parents.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday did not claim CGHS was a Safe Schools member, only that it was in the process of implementing the program.
However it has since been discovered it was listed as a member of the Safe Schools Coalition on its website in a public register of member schools. Cheltenham Girls was listed as one of 135 schools in NSW that had signed up. But two weeks ago the names of NSW schools were removed from the Safe Schools website, so parents can no longer see if their child’s school is a member.
Cheltenham Girls High: Teachers at exclusive girls school told to preach gender neutral Safe Schools Coalition
Miranda Devine, The Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2016
TEACHERS at an all-girls school in northwest Sydney have been asked to stop referring to their students as “girls”, ladies” and “women”and to instead use “gender-neutral” language.
The request to teachers at Cheltenham Girls High School came in a staff meeting last term to discuss implementation of the controversial Safe Schools anti-bullying program for lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBTI) students.
Also at the meeting, a copy of the NSW anti-discrimination act was displayed, according to an insider, and staff were informed by the teacher chairing the meeting that if they did not support decisions of LGBTI students they would be breaking the law, would be considered homophobic and were not welcome by the school.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has asked his department to investigate the allegations.
Some concerned parents have started a petition and complained to teachers and to their local Liberal MP Damien Tudehope, saying their children feel marginalised and excluded if they don’t participate in LGBTI activities at the elite, ethnically diverse public high school.
Teachers have helped a group of students at the school form an LGBTI “Queer-straight alliance” club to promote LGBTI issues, such as Wear it Purple Day.
Other events included the temporary removal of an Aboriginal flag from a flagpole inside school grounds last month, which was replaced with a rainbow flag at half- mast for a week to commemorate a US terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando.
“(Some of) the parents are saying that at (LGBTI) events like Rainbow Day and Purple Day that if their daughter doesn’t comply with what they perceive as the school directions their daughter is ostracised,” Mr Tudehope said.
He said parents from another school in his electorate had also approached him with similar concerns.
One mother who met principal Susan Bridge to express her concerns about the Safe Schools program was dissatisfied with the meeting, which resulted in the principal sending her a copy of the NSW Department of Education’s policy on homophobia.
Ms Bridge did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.
Mr Piccoli said: “I have asked the department to investigate these complaints promptly, in accordance with departmental policy.
“All schools are required to conform with federal government guidelines. I am advised all schools are following these guidelines. I have asked the secretary to confirm this is the case at all schools, including Cheltenham Girls High School.”
Dr Kevin Donnelly, senior research fellow at the Australian Catholic University and co-author of the Review of the Australian Curriculum, said the use of gender-neutral language such as “students” in place of “girls” and “boys” was part of the Safe Schools agenda to erase gender differences.
“They say it’s hetero-normative to talk about men and women, boys and girls, because it’s reinforcing a binary stereotype,” he said. “I disagree with all of that, but I can understand why the school would be doing it. Gender ideology is undermining any traditional sense of what it is to be a man or a woman.”
The Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2016
HOW can Premier Mike Baird continue to allow the warped anti-bullying Safe Schools program to be rolled out in NSW schools?
How much more proof do we need that the pretext of supporting lesbian, gay and transsexual students is a pretence, and that Safe Schools is really about enforcing a radical sexual and gender ideology on innocent children without parental consent.
We have reached the absurd position where teachers at an all-girls school in northwest Sydney, Cheltenham Girls High, have been asked to stop referring to their students as “girls”, ladies” and “women” and instead use “gender-neutral” language.
This is presented as a way to make a small minority of LGBTI students feel comfortable, but its insidious effect is to impose a transformation of the traditional view of male and female. We are told that it is bigotry to have a “heteronomative” view of gender as binary — male or female — or to believe that heterosexual attraction is the norm.
This is the attitude which Safe Schools is designed to stamp out.
But children who don’t go along with the illogical sexual and gender fluidity agenda are finding themselves excluded.
Joe Carolan, a former maths teacher at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, which is one of more than 400 “Safe Schools” in NSW, said last night that the banning of “heteronormative” language such as “mum and dad” is just the start.
He quit his job in protest at the program, which he said confused students and caused some of them distress. “The whole program is marketed as being about creating safe schools but it’s creating the opposite. It’s promoting extreme gender ideology that’s harmful to students in adolescence who are already going through issues and this is complicating things a lot more.”
At Cheltenham Girls High, in preparation for the Safe Schools rollout, a group of students have formed a “Queer-straight alliance” club which promotes LGBTI issues at the school such as Wear it Purple Day. Last month the school took down an Aboriginal flag from a flagpole inside school grounds and replaced it with a rainbow flag at half-mast for a week to commemorate the US terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Cheltenham Girls High School WSW Cup side.
But some students at the elite public school, with its large Asian population, feel marginalised and excluded if they do not embrace the ideology. Concerned parents have started a petition and complained to teachers as well as various politicians.
They have said their daughters felt pressured to wear LGBTI ribbons which were being handed out at the front and back entrance of the school one morning. And they have claimed students not wearing the ribbons were being called intolerant and labelled homophobes.
“A significant number of parents are concerned about this program being implemented in the school,” says their local Liberal MP Damien Tudehope.
“The parents are saying that at (LGBTI) events like Rainbow Day and Purple Day that if their daughter doesn’t comply with what they perceive as the school directions, their daughter is ostracised.
“My view overall is the Safe Schools program and this material should not be used without proper consultation with the parents and letting them know what the material is and how it is proposed to be taught.”
The Australian, July 20, 2016
A leading girls high school in northwest Sydney is being investigated by the state Education Department after several parents complained about its LGBTI programming, which includes teachers being asked to replace terms such as “girls”, “ladies” and “women” with gender-neutral language.
At a staff meeting at Cheltenham Girls High School last term, called to discuss the implementation of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, it is understood teachers were shown a copy of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act and were told they could be breaking the law if they did not support the decisions of LGBTI students.
Cheltenham Girls is one of more than 150 schools across the country that has signed up as a member of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia.
Several parents have begun a petition calling for action from local Liberal MP Damien Tudehope. Mr Tudehope said some parents believed the program marginalised children who did not participate in LGBTI activities at the school.
“(Some of) the parents are saying that at (LGBTI) events like Rainbow Day and Purple Day that if their daughter doesn’t comply with what they perceive as the school directions their daughter is ostracised,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“My view overall is the Safe Schools program and this material should not be used without proper consultation with the parents, and letting them know what the material is and how it is proposed to be taught.”
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has asked his department to investigate. “All schools are required to conform with federal government guidelines,” he was reported as saying. “I am advised all schools are following these guidelines.
The Australian, July 16, 2016.
NSW has become the second state to pull its schools from the public register of members of the contentious Safe Schools anti-bullying program.
The Weekend Australian can reveal that the names of the NSW schools that are members of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, convened by the Foundation for Young Australians, were removed from the program’s official website last Friday.
A spokeswoman for the NSW Education Department said the list had been pulled because inaccuracies had been identified. But Foundation for Young Australians development and external relations director Bronwyn Lee said it was due to harassment.
“The decision was made for NSW schools to no longer be publicly listed on the SSCA website due to harassment experienced by some schools in NSW,” Ms Lee said. “This was put into effect on Friday 8th July 2016.”
A department spokeswoman said: “In March 2016 the NSW Department of Education adopted the Australian government’s recommendations for Safe Schools. Principals have been supported to transition to the changed requirements.”
“The department recently became aware of a number of inaccuracies in the list published on the Safe Schools website. As a result, the list is now not publicly available.”
Informed of Ms Lee’s statement regarding harassment, the Education Department spokeswoman said: “As per the department’s previous response, the list was removed as it was inaccurate.”
Queensland member schools have not been publicly identified for months after some institutions received hate calls.
In Queensland, the Safe Schools program is not part of the curriculum, but the resources are available to principals on an ad-hoc basis if necessary.
There are currently 545 member schools across Australia in all jurisdictions, apart from the Northern Territory. On the Safe Schools website, it says the program is coming to the NT “soon”.
Of NSW and Queensland, the website says: “School principals decide how they promote their work with external service providers. If you would like to find out if your school is working with the Safe Schools Coalition please contact your school administration office.”
Early yesterday afternoon, the website said there were 411 member schools, a drop of more than 100 since last month. The number was changed back to 545 after The Weekend Australian asked the Foundation for Young Australians to explain the discrepancy.
The foundation’s Ms Lee said the number changed because of an administrative error. “It is not a reflection of a decrease in membership of Safe Schools,” she said.
The Safe Schools Coalition Australia offers resources and support to help schools “create safer and more inclusive school environments for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.”
In March, the Turnbull government ordered changes to the Safe School anti-bullying program after a revolt by conservative backbench MPs.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the program would only be used in high schools and some lesson plans would change.
The Daily Telegraph, June 28, 2016
Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party, which has the balance of power in the NSW Upper House, has vowed to withdraw support for the Baird government unless the Safe Schools program is suspended.
“I’m withdrawing support [for the government] unless they immediately take action to issue an instruction that the Safe Schools program is to be suspended in all government schools,” Mr Nile said yesterday from Tasmania, where he is campaigning for the CDP’s bid for a Senate spot in Saturday’s federal election.
“It must be suspended and then removed so it is no longer an approved program in NSW schools.
“I call it ‘Unsafe Schools’”.
Mr Nile says he is fed up with complaining about Safe Schools every time he meets with Premier Mike Baird, and yet the program remains.
“Everyone in the government acts as if the course is no good … but won’t take any action,” he said.
“We have raised it with the premier and I thought he would have by now issued some sort of order over the [education] minister [Adrian Piccoli] but he seems reluctant to have a head-on fight with him.”
Safe Schools is funded by the federal government and is used as a resource in as many as 131 NSW schools, including 23 primary schools.
It teaches children to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, telling them gender is determined by how you feel, not the genitalia with which you were born.
Critics say it sexualises children and is akin to paedophile grooming.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced changes to the program, but Mr Nile says it is not enough.
The CDP is running Senate candidates in every state, including Tasmania, where Mr Nile’s wife Silvano Nero is the candidate, and is directing preferences to the Coalition.
“We are the conservative alternative you can trust,” he said.
The Australian, June 28, 2016
Bill Shorten has confirmed Labor’s commitment to financing the Safe Schools Coalition, assigning an additional $6 million to the sexual and gender diversity program.
The grant, contained within the ALP’s just-released policy costings, represents a $2m-a year allocation, restoring funding for the program to the previous level initiated under Labor in 2013.
Although the Opposition Leader had previously pledged support for the program if he were elected, he had previously not detailed specific funding.
While the commitment is in stark contrast to the Liberal Party’s decision to scrap funding from next year, Labor looks set to retain at least some of the changes introduced by the federal Coalition government following a damning review that deemed some of the Safe Schools’ materials and lessons to be inappropriate for some children.
In a policy statement posted to its website, Labor said it would work with schools and experts to ensure that the program was based on “the most effective strategies to reduce bullying” and incorporated “best-practice parental engagement”.
“Labor will implement the program in line with the findings of the independent review,” it said.
The statement highlights the widening political chasm between federal Labor and its Victorian state branch on the issue, with Premier Daniel Andrews recently shunning the federal government’s overhaul of the program, stepping in to fund its compulsory rollout to all state secondary schools over the next two years at a cost of more than $1m.
The Victorian government last year announced an extra $1.04m to Safe Schools Coalition Victoria to ensure every Victorian government secondary school was a member by the end of 2018. That is in addition to the $215,000 a year it gives to La Trobe University to run the program in Victoria.
Australian Christian Lobby spokesman Lyle Shelton yesterday criticised Labor’s support for the program, questioning its priorities. “It’s appalling that the taxpayer should be funding a program that teaches children … that their gender is fluid and gives out information about gender reassignment surgery,” Mr Shelton said. “School just isn’t the place for it. If you are going to promote gender theory in schools, it needs to be debated as part of the election campaign. But there’s been no scrutiny — apart from in The Australian — of the decision to fund this policy.”
Founded in Victoria but rolled out nationally with federal government support in 2013, the Safe Schools Coalition was initially designed to help counter homophobic bullying in schools, attracting support from organisations such as beyondblue and The Black Dog Institute. While the program has long been opposed by conservative politicians and Christian groups, concerns spread to the wider community as aspects of the program’s curriculum, as well as the overtly radical politics of several personnel and supporters, came to light.
Safe Schools co-founder and Victorian manager Roz Ward was recently suspended by La Trobe University over comments made on Facebook, before being reinstated under legal pressure.
Numerous websites and Facebook groups have sprung up over the past few months to lobby against the Safe Schools program.
One such site, You’re Teaching Our Children What?, last week posted a video highlighting a Melbourne mother’s experience with the program at her children’s school.
Labor, however, has defended the Safe Schools policy, arguing that every student deserved to be treated with respect and dignity.
“Unfortunately, school is still a very difficult place for too many LGBTI Australians, “ Labor said.
“Every time bullying occurs in our schools, it distracts students from their learning and saps them of their potential.”
The program is run nationally by the Foundation for Young Australians, which receives one-third of its funding from government sources. Labor funding has been committed for three years from 2017-18.
The Australian, June 23, 2016
The research doyenne behind the controversial Safe Schools curriculum has spoken of “shaping an agenda” in order to attract support for the purported anti-bullying program — a bold admission likely to fuel concerns about a hidden ideological bent.
Emeritus professor Anne Mitchell, whose work with LGBTI communities helped spawn the program, has also revealed how early research into young people attracted to those of the same sex was purposely tied to a disease or public health issue to attract funding; initially HIV and later suicide.
“The early work I did in schools was all funded by youth suicide money,” Professor Mitchell told a Safe Schools Coalition event last month.
“People loved that — not gay people, but other people loved it. This was a great reason to spend money.”
According to audio leaked from the event, Professor Mitchell also said one of her team’s biggest successes was shifting the issue from the moral arena — given some religious schools would have been unlikely to sign on to a program that gave the appearance of supporting homosexuality — to a safety one.
“And schools were grateful of that; it made them feel safe,” she said. “It was a very successful way of shaping an agenda that could go forward at that time.”
Her comments, however, are likely to inflame debate about the Safe Schools program. (more…)
Transgenderism of Children is Child Abuse, American College of Pediatricians Rules Safe Schools Coalition
The Blaze, March 26, 2016
The American College of Pediatricians released a statement this week declaring that gender reclassification of children, also known as transgenderism, constitutes child abuse.
“The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex,” the statement, entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” began. “Facts – not ideology – determine reality.”
The temporary statement, published Monday, March 21, with a full statement to follow in summer 2016, listed what the association ruled to be eight objective facts supporting their argument for why gender reclassification will now officially be classified as abuse:
1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.
2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.
3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.
4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty-blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.
5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries.
8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful as child abuse.
The policy statement was authored by President of the American College of Pediatricians, Dr. Michelle A. Cretella, Vice President of the American College of Pediatricians, Dr. Quentin Van Meter and Johns Hopkins Medical School Psychology Professor Dr. Paul McHugh.
McHugh, who once served as Johns Hopkins’ head psychiatrist, penned an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal in 2014, proclaiming that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” and calling sex change a “medical impossibility.”
Critics on the left were quick to offer vehement objections to the policy statement.
Brynn Tannehill of the Huffington Post claimed that “every single talking point in this position statement is a distortion or outright falsehood.” Tannehill accused McHugh of using “the ever more tarnished name of Johns Hopkins to distort science and spread transphobic misinformation.”
Writing for Patheos, Melinda Selmys dismissed the statement as one issued by a “Christian lobby group” posing as medical professionals.
Read the full policy statement here.
PS News, June 16, 2016
The ACT and Victoria are to work together on a range of education and health initiatives following a meeting between ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr (pictured) and the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
Mr Barr said the leaders agreed to collaborate in several areas, including the Safe Schools program, the prevention of family violence and access to medicinal cannabis.
He said also under consideration was the possibility of low-cost flights between Canberra and Melbourne.
Mr Barr said the Safe Schools program existed to do something about the bullying and discrimination faced by too many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) Australians.
“Following our meeting, we will share curriculum resources and the findings of research into ways the effectiveness of the program can be enhanced,” Mr Barr said.
He said 80 per cent of homophobic and transphobic bullying of young LGBTIQ people occurred at school, distracting students from learning and sapping them of their potential.
“The training, resources and advice provided to schools, staff and students have been of high quality and are already highly valued by staff, students and families in the ACT,” Mr Barr said.
The Chief Minister said the ACT and Victoria would also undertake collaborative projects so both jurisdictions benefited from each other’s successes and resources.
“We will work together to encourage a low-cost carrier to introduce cheaper flights between these two dynamic capital cities,” Mr Barr said.
He said adding a low-cost carrier had the potential to provide a significant boost to tourism in both directions, supporting jobs in Melbourne and Canberra.
“We will also work together on access to medicinal cannabis in our respective jurisdictions and collaborate on trials and research,” Mr Barr said.
The Australian, June 13, 2016
Victoria’s peak Catholic schools body will branch out on its own to protect gay and transgender children from bullying, recognising the need for an “appropriate” program that does not veer into Safe Schools territory.
Catholic Education Melbourne has set up a “safe and supportive learning communities reference group” that will review anti-bullying procedures in Victorian Catholic schools, with a particular focus on students with gender-identity issues.
The move has the support of the principal of Geelong’s St Joseph’s College, Paul Tobias, who has been requesting CEM review procedures for dealing with homophobic related bullying in schools for 12 years.
St Joseph’s is one of two Catholic schools in Australia taking part in the Safe Schools program, which has been labelled inappropriate by the CEM and the National Catholic Education Commission.
Mr Tobias, who is part of the reference group, said he would consider leaving Safe Schools if the CEM put satisfactory anti-bullying programs in place.
The Safe Schools Coalition will be mandatory in Victorian state schools by 2018, but Catholic and other independent schools are not required to join.
“It is really encouraging that it looks like something is going to happen, although that group has been slow to meet,” Mr Tobias said. “I’m quietly hopeful that we are starting to move in a more positive direction.”
CEM executive director Stephen Elder said the body wanted to reduce bullying and discrimination in Catholic schools: “Underpinned by a Catholic understanding of the human person, the reference group will review current anti-bullying, respectful relationships curriculum resources, to ensure a consistent and best-practice approach (is) identified to support the ongoing work of schools in this area.” (more…)
The Australian, June 10, 2016
An architect of the school curriculum has demanded a stop to the “outsourcing’’ of religious instruction and sex education to “ideological interest groups’’.
Ken Wiltshire, who reviewed the national curriculum for the Coalition government last year, said controversial subjects should be taught only with parental consent.
He said the Safe Schools furore showed the danger of letting “ideological groups’’ devise lesson plans without Education Department input.
“Governments should never outsource the development of curriculum content to interest groups, particularly those with an ideological purpose or agenda,’’ he told The Australian.
“There is no quality assurance. No controversial material should be taught in schools without the agreement of parents, acting in concert with the school.’’
Emeritus Professor Wiltshire — a professor of public administration at the University of Queensland — said the furore over Safe Schools showed why education authorities should vet any lessons involving sex, religious, alcohol or drug education.
“We need to learn the lesson of the Safe Schools agenda,’’ he said.
“We don’t want material creeping into the curriculum without it being quality assured. You should never outsource the development of a curriculum to any group with a particular agenda, or blindly accept any curriculum material they have provided to be used in schools.
“Everyone should have the right to say what they think should go into a curriculum — but at the end of the day the education ministers are responsible for the curriculum.’’
Professor Wiltshire said governments often left the teaching of religion and sex education to outside groups because the issues were political “hot potatoes’’.
He warned it was unfair for education departments to expect principals to assess the suitability of religious instruction or sex education materials taught during school time.
The Safe Schools Coalition — an anti-bullying program for gay and intersex children — has been broadly criticised over its ideological agenda, which tells children they are “gender fluid’’ and teaches them it is “heteronormative’’ to refer to boys and girls, or use the pronouns “he” or “she”.
Its classroom materials included links to a gay youth website, Minus 18, which included instructions on penis tucking and chest binding, and promoted online links to sex shops and gay nightclubs.
The federally funded program — which was not developed by education or health experts — was co-written by Marxist activist Roz Ward, who was briefly suspended this month from La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.
The Andrews Labor government in Victoria is defying a federal government directive that schools seek parental permission to teach the Safe Schools program.
Queensland — the only state that refuses to reveal which schools take part in Safe Schools — this week announced a review of Anglican Church teaching materials for religious instruction. The Connect curriculum, published by Christian Education Publications and available nationally, includes a lesson plan that tells children they “will die’’ if they are selfish.
The Queensland review follows a decision by the Anglican Church in NSW last year to remove religious instruction materials that taught Year 9 students they should “die for their faith if necessary”.
Professor Wiltshire’s co-reviewer of the national curriculum, Australian Catholic University senior research fellow Kevin Donnelly, said parents should have to give consent for religious or sex education in schools, but he disagreed with Professor Wiltshire’s call for official vetting of religious or sex education.
“Frankly I would not trust them (the national and state curriculum boards) to design a curriculum for potentially very controversial, sensitive areas,’’ he said. “They are very culturally Left. The difficulty would be getting an objective, impartial and balanced curriculum.’’
The Australian, June 9, 2016
A sexual-health academic whose research helped inform Safe Schools has dismissed parental concerns over its content, blaming a “hate campaign” by The Australian for controversy around the program.
As La Trobe University grapples with restoring the reputation of the program, emeritus professor Anne Mitchell has defended Safe Schools Coalition Victoria co-founder Roz Ward, who returned to work on Monday following a brief suspension, claiming her Marxist links were “an absolute gift” to detractors.
At a Safe Schools event at Melbourne’s RMIT university a fortnight ago, the retired academic was billed to speak on her research, but spent significant time attacking those who criticised the program for its promotion of gender ideology and sexualised content.
“These are the strategies that are effective all the time,” Professor Mitchell said, discussing a slide titled “The anatomy of an Oz Hate Campaign” attributed to a 2014 report by journalism academics Andrew Dodd and Matthew Ricketson, both former journalists at The Australian.
“It gets to the anti-communist rhetoric; Roz Ward was a gift to that, an absolute gift. They played that mercilessly,” she said. According to a leaked recording from the event, Professor Mitchell criticised the “depravity narrative” of the purported hate campaign, pointing to articles that revealed resources about penis tucking and breast binding — practices adopted by some transgender people — were being made available to students.
“You know what’s going to happen to the world if that goes on, especially in primary schools,” she said, prompting laughter from the audience. “Distortion is just so common in those articles; children as young as five may be taught that gender is not fixed or may be taught about homosexual sex.
“Deliberate distortion that frightens people.”
Professor Mitchell declined to comment yesterday, but an RMIT spokesman said she had been awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2014 for her sexual-health research and policy development in support of marginalised communities. Some of that research has come under scrutiny recently. (more…)
Queensland Labor acts against Christian schools program but not Safe Schools Government • Safe Schools Coalition
The Australian, June 8, 2016
The Queensland government, which refuses to identify schools that have joined the controversial Safe Schools Coalition, has targeted a Christian program after a complaint from a single Brisbane principal.
Education Minister Kate Jones yesterday ordered a review of the syllabus after a complaint was made by Windsor State School principal Matthew Keong.
The Connect religious program, developed by the Anglican Church, is offered to children of parents who have “self-identified” as Christians. (more…)
The Australian, June 8, 2016
Sweeping changes to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program demanded by the federal government three months ago have yet to be fully adopted by NSW education authorities despite orders to overhaul the initiative immediately.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, who welcomed the findings in March as “sensible”, yesterday said the department was still “in the process of ensuring compliance with the federal government’s updated requirements”.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham decreed in March the program be restricted to high schools after a review, following an outcry about teaching recommended for Kindergarten to Year 6 students.
Yesterday, three NSW primary schools and up to 11 more in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania are listed as “members” of the Safe Schools Coalition on its website. The Queensland page lacked details of any primary or secondary-school members.
The Safe Schools Coalition, which is funded for $8 million for 2013-2017, yesterday insisted primary schools could remain members, despite the review.
A spokeswoman said: “The Federal Minister’s statement does not direct that primary schools cannot be members and we continue to work with schools at their request. Federal government requirements following their review stated SSCA limit the distribution of certain materials by … requiring local program managers to ensure the distribution and promotion of Safe Schools Coalition Australia program materials is restricted to secondary-school settings only.”
Schools are signed up at the discretion of principals. (more…)
The Australian, June 4, 2016
Sometimes one wonders about the priorities of politicians. There have been calls for Roz Ward — a principal architect and Victorian manager of the Safe Schools program who was briefly suspended this week from her job at La Trobe University — to resign, not because she has admitted to being responsible for implementing a compulsory gender-bending sex education program thinly disguised as an anti-bullying program, or because parents are appalled at the content, or because her response to parents who objected was “tough”. No, Ward is on the nose because she is a Marxist whose greatest crime seems to be that she dissed the Australian flag as racist and hoped to see the scarlet banner on Parliament House.
As someone who grew up in a family where the great-grandmother periodically would treat us to a spirited rendition of The Red Flag, I was discomforted. But whether the preferred banner was red, green or rainbow, jumping on Ward’s idiotic comment about the “racist” flag was not the issue uppermost in the minds of worried parents and critics of Safe Schools.
The issue was the damage that could be done by an extreme philosophy of gender fluidity and sexual libertarianism now embedded in the school curriculum. However, that Ward is a self-confessed Marxist is no great surprise. After all, where did all those Trotskyist activists at university in the 1970s go? They went into the environmental movement, the extreme feminist movement, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex lobby groups. They undermined the old Labor movement with its roots in the working-class family and formed a new set of green-left alliances to push their barrows. Within that alliance they can keep on deconstructing, breaking down social pillars.
And the strongest social pillar is, ironically, the family, the same conservative family from which the Labor movement originally sprang. The natural family is the No 1 enemy of every extreme ideology. Even today in Marxist societies the family plays second fiddle to the state. The state instructs and controls the family, not the other way around.
One way it does that, aside from hideous laws, is through an all-encompassing education system. Interestingly, this is what has happened in Victoria with the Safe Schools program. It began under the aegis of anti-bullying, in itself a fundamentally good thing, as a voluntary program. However, despite many parents and schools wanting to opt out when the content became public, the Andrews government mandated it. (more…)
The Australian, June 7, 2016
Legal experts have questioned whether La Trobe University could be penalised through the courts for its two-day suspension of Safe Schools founder Roz Ward, as the outspoken academic returned to work yesterday.
Ms Ward defiantly vowed to keep “fighting back” to push the program through schools after she received cheers, high-fives and a guard of honour from National Tertiary Education Union supporters at her Melbourne campus.
Ms Ward — an NTEU delegate — had instructed Maurice Blackburn to launch a case in the Federal Court if La Trobe failed to withdraw her suspension, and is still considering whether to make a claim for adverse action.
Legal opinions are split on whether such a case would succeed, with University of Sydney law school dean Joellen Riley predicting Ms Ward would struggle to show she had suffered adverse action from the two-day suspension that occurred after the self-declared Marxist described the Australian flag as “racist” on Facebook and called for it to be replaced with “a red one”.
“If she was coming to me in my capacity as someone offering legal advice … I would talk her off her high horse and say ‘just live with it’ because I myself couldn’t see a happy result for her in pursuing the matter,” Professor Riley said.
“It would be difficult for her to establish that she has actually lost anything.” (more…)
The Australian, June 4, 2016
La Trobe University has buckled to legal pressure over its decision to suspend Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward for controversial comments about the Australian flag by reinstating her.
The extraordinary backflip came just hours after law firm Maurice Blackburn, backed by the National Tertiary Education Union, threatened to take the matter to court, claiming that Ms Ward’s suspension for alleged misconduct contravened the Fair Work Act, Victoria’s equal opportunity laws and the university’s own enterprise agreement.
In a statement last night, vice- chancellor John Dewar said the university did not accept it had acted unlawfully but it was “not in the university’s interests to be engaged in a high-profile and protracted legal dispute”.
Ms Ward, a prominent figure in Victoria’s Marxism movement, was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation on Wednesday following revelations in The Australian she had criticised the flag as racist, calling for a “red one” favoured by socialists.
The comments were condemned by the Victorian government and the opposition and Ms Ward, who has been overseeing the rollout of the Safe Schools program to all Victorian schools, was forced to resign from her role on a government education advisory committee. In a letter to La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar, employment lawyer Josh Bornstein gave the university until Monday to withdraw allegations of misconduct or face legal action. “Constraining Ms Ward’s right to express a political opinion because of the unreasonable and unfounded reaction of particular sections of the media, and the public to that opinion, stifles public debate [and] gives in to fear and ignorance,” the letter says.
However, Professor Dewar said the university had acted as it did, not because Ms Ward’s comments were political, but because they were made at a time, and in a context, when there was intense scrutiny of Safe Schools.
Our schools should have a zero tolerance approach to bullying of anyone over things like race, gender, religion, sexuality or appearance.
It is important that our schools foster respect and tolerance in our children.
Despite its name, Daniel Andrews and Roz Ward’s Safe Schools program is not at all about making schools safer for students. Safe Schools is not a broad anti-bullying program that encourages our children to respect others no matter what their circumstances.
Daniel Andrews and Roz Ward’s program is 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. These programs should not be a Trojan horse for politicising the Victorian education system.
This is why a Liberal Nationals Government will remove Daniel Andrews and Roz Ward’s politicised program and replace it with an initiative that sends a strong message of mutual respect and anti-bullying.
We are dedicated to ensuring that our children are educated in a safe, inclusive and age-appropriate environment for learning.
A Liberal Nationals Government will put the safety of all Victorian children first with genuine anti-bullying procedures that provide healthy learning environments for our kids.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Nick Wakeling:
‘The Safe Schools name is so damaged in the Victorian community that parents no longer have any faith in the program and that’s why it needs to be scrapped. ‘
‘We need to start 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.’
Victoria’s controversial Safe Schools program will be axed if the Coalition wins the 2018 state election, with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy promising to replace it with a “genuine” anti-bullying program.
A Liberal policy document provided to Fairfax Media claims the program is “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 documents says. “These programs should not be a Trojan horse for politicising the Victorian education system.”
The Safe Schools program aims to promote acceptance of LGBTI students and was introduced six years ago by the Brumby Labor government. It continued to receive funding and support under the Baillieu-Napthine governments.
But the program has recently come under attack, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing a review amid claims it aims to indoctrinates children with a “gay agenda”.
The Coalition has promised to replace the “politicised” program with an initiative that sends “a strong message of mutual respect and anti-bullying”.
Opposition education spokesman Nick Wakeling said the initiative needed to be scrapped because its brand was too damaged.
“We need to start 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,” Mr Wakeling said.
The unambiguous pledge to scrap the program presents a clear policy divide ahead of the 2018 state election. Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to expand the program to every government secondary school by 2018, and said he received his policy advice from experts “not from bigots”.
It follows a decision by La Trobe University this week to suspend Safe Schools Coalition co-founder Roz Ward after she called the Australian flag “racist” on her private Facebook page.
And last week, Ms Ward was forced to resign from her advisory role on the government’s LGBTI education committee due to the same Facebook post.
Committee chair and Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen confirmed on Friday that she asked Ms Roz to stand down from the advisory role.
“The constant attacks on Safe Schools are unjustified and my decision was in the hope that the community would go back to focusing on the important work of Safe Schools and the program is about more than just one person.”
An Andrews government spokeswoman said they spoke to Ms Allen about the Facebook post ahead of Ms Ward’s resignation.
“Given the conservative campaign against Safe Schools, the government spoke to Ms Allen about the impact the post would have on young people and the program,” she said.
Meanwhile, La Trobe University could face legal action over its treatment of Ms Ward.
Maurice Blackburn wrote to La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar on Friday and demanded that he reinstate Ms Ward and withdraw his allegations of misconduct.
It will commence legal proceedings in the federal court if the university fails to meet these demands by 10am on Monday.
The law firm and the National Tertiary Education Union believe that Ms Ward’s suspension contravenes the university’s enterprise agreement, the Fair Work Act and Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act.
“Constraining Ms Ward’s right to express a political opinion because of the unreasonable and unfounded reaction of particular sections of the media, and the public to that opinion stifles public debate, gives in to fear and ignorance,” employment law expert Josh Bornstein wrote in the letter to La Trobe.
Professor Dewar said the university was following its disciplinary processes and no determination had been made about Ms Ward’s future at the university.
Liberty Victoria joined the chorus of condemnation against La Trobe University on Friday, saying Ms Ward’s comments were “open political dialogue in a free and democratic society”.
Liberty Victoria president George Georgiou SC said La Trobe University “will deserve the consequences” of legal action.
A petition calling for La Trobe to reinstate Ms Ward has received more than 10,400 signatures. A rally will be held at the university’s Bundoora campus on Thursday.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/opposition-vows-to-dump-safe-schools-program-20160603-gpb7le.html
THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 3, 2016
The Victorian government is under mounting pressure to make sweeping changes to the Safe Schools program, despite the suspension of co-founder Roz Ward, amid the promotion of teaching resources based on radical and contested queer theory.
Critics have warned that sidelining Ms Ward from the program failed to address their broader concerns, given its main resource continued to teach students that gender, sex and sexuality exist on a spectrum, rather than being “absolute binaries”.
Growing calls for an overhaul of what started out as an anti-bullying program have come as Ms Ward, backed by the National Tertiary Education Union, prepares to head to court to challenge her suspension from La Trobe University.
Her suspension, announced on Wednesday, followed a revelation in The Australianlast week of a Facebook post by Ms Ward in which she criticised the Australian flag as racist.
The outspoken Marxist, who co-founded and managed Safe Schools in Victoria, called for the flag sitting atop parliament to be replaced by “a red one” — referring to the preferred socialist ensign — adding, “then my work here is done”.
A letter from the university to Ms Ward, which has been leaked to the media, accused her of breaching her employment conditions by undermining public confidence in the Safe Schools program and damaging the reputation of the program by aligning it with views that have nothing to do with its message and content.
Her name was deleted yesterday from the website listing Safe Schools facilitators.
While Ms Ward has courted controversy for some time, her plight attracted substantial support yesterday. The NTEU condemned La Trobe’s decision, claiming Ms Ward had been the target of a “media attack”. The union’s secretary Colin Long was meeting with lawyers last night.
“We are very concerned that La Trobe University management seem to think that political views should be a criterion for employment, as was the case in the Soviet Union,” Mr Long said.
The National Alliance for Public Universities echoed the union’s sentiments, calling on La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar to reinstate and apologise Ms Ward immediately.
Mr Dewar yesterday defended taking action against Ms Ward, saying while the university valued “independent thought and academic freedom”, staff must also adhere to a code of conduct.
SBS, June 2, 2016
Dylan Lloyd was bullied at school.
Now the self-identified queer person wants other gay, bisexual and transgender kids to get the help he missed.
When Opposition Leader Bill Shorten campaigned on the University of NSW campus, Mr Lloyd got a one-on-one chance to ask for a commitment to continue funding the Safe Schools program.
Mr Shorten gave it to him. (more…)
Herald Sun, June 2, 2016
SOCIALIST activist Roz Ward has been suspended from the controversial Safe Schools program over her comments slandering the Australian flag.
The founder of the anti-bullying program that promotes gender equality had faced increasing pressure to stand down from her position after last week posting on Facebook the Australian flag was “racist” and that she wanted to replace it with the red ensign favoured by socialists.
La Trobe University, where Ms Ward was based and runs the Safe Schools Coalition through its Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, has suspended her while it conducts an internal investigation into “serious misconduct”.
She had already resigned from a role advising a state government taskforce on LBGTI policies.
Ms Ward’s controversial post came after Premier Daniel Andrews made a public apology to the gay community and had a rainbow flag flying over parliament.
She wrote alongside a photo of the flag: “Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.”
Her comments were met with disgust and she was forced to issue an apology.
The British academic’s suspension has been condemned as discrimination by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). (more…)
THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 2, 2016
La Trobe University yesterday suspended Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward, as a former member of Victoria’s gay and transgender advisory committee warned the program was untenable because it had been hijacked by radical gender theory.
The Australian revealed last week that Ms Ward had called for the “racist Australian flag” at state parliament to be replaced with a “red one”, prompting her to quit her advisory role with the Victorian government and sparking a university investigation.
That investigation resulted in the Marxist Ms Ward’s suspension yesterday for “undermining” public confidence in the program because she continued to push ideologies that were “unrelated”.
A spokesman for La Trobe University said: “We are following our normal HR procures and we will not make any further comment.”
The National Tertiary Education Union said La Trobe had charged Ms Ward with “serious misconduct over media commentary on her private Facebook post”.
NTEU Victorian secretary Colin Long accused the university of giving in to a “media campaign”, invoking the spectre of the Soviet Union that once incubated the world view Ms Ward has since adopted.
“That La Trobe University has apparently allowed itself to be cowed into participating in this anti-intellectual, anti-democratic attack reflects the dismal state of intellectual capacity at the senior management level in some Australian universities,” Dr Long said. “We are very concerned that La Trobe University management seem to think that political views should be a criterion for employment, as was the case in the Soviet Union.”
The NTEU said it “considers that this is discrimination on the basis of political opinion and will be considering all legal avenues of redress”.
Gay rights activist Rob Mitchell — who was sacked from his Victorian government advisory role in 2014, arguing that he lost his job because he was too publicly critical of the former Napthine government for its inaction on tackling homophobia in schools — now believes Safe Schools has gone too far. (more…)
The Australian, May 31, 2016
One of the most influential backers of the Safe Schools program has threatened to withdraw future financial support, unless the founder of the program, hard-line Marxist Roz Ward, steps down over her comments denigrating the Australian flag.
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett yesterday called for Ms Ward to resign from the role, saying her “extreme political views” rendered her “ineligible to be involved in any program …. in schools”. Mr Kennett, whose charity has provided almost $600,000 over the past two years to La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, which administers the Safe Schools program in Victoria, added: “You don’t want extremists in there. Her behaviour and her statement clearly indicate a belief which goes well beyond the conditions of which I am prepared to have this subject taught in schools.”
While Ms Ward’s Marxist leanings have been a matter of public record for some time, last week’s post to Facebook, in which she called for the “racist Australian flag” to be replaced with the red ensign favoured by socialists, appears to have been a step too far for her supporters within Victoria’s Labor government.
Ms Ward was forced to resign from a state government education advisory role as a result, while La Trobe University announced an investigation into her role as manager of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, which is funded by the state government.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham yesterday called for Ms Ward to step down from the national steering committee for Safe Schools Coalition Australia, which has recently severed ties with the Victorian branch.
“Given Ms Ward saw it fit to resign from her appointment with the Victorian government, I would expect that she do likewise for any remaining role associated with the National Safe Schools program,” Senator Birmingham said.
“Her extreme views have done a grave disservice to this program and are anathema to the vast majority of Australians.”
The Australian understands that Ms Ward’s role on the steering committee has come under scrutiny in recent months, with several members approaching chairman Anne Mitchell to discuss her “ongoing involvement in the program”. (more…)
By Karalee Katsambanis, a mother-of-three and a journalist for more than 20 years.
The Age, May 30, 2016
New York City now officially recognizes 31 genders. Facebook has gone even better and upped the ante on New York by managing to recognize 58 genders.
NYC’s Commission on Human Rights has released a list of different genders that businesses must accommodate or risk a six-figure fine.
Using the wrong pronoun when referring to someone who may get offended by what someone else has said, could also result in a fine.
Talk about treading on eggshells. This whole gender identity issue is beginning to exemplify political correctness gone mad.
Sex and gender are defined as being different things. However, people really are beginning to tune out with the level of political correctness currently being rammed down our throats by a small minority intent on redefining well-known and understood societal norms.
It has nothing to do with recognising gender diversity as a genuine issue. But 58 genders? This is ridiculous!
It is high time we stopped tip-toeing around a tiny, radical minority and brought some plain old-fashioned common sense back into fashion.
This is also NOT about being homophobic, so let me knock that one on the head too. Gay friends were happy to be enlightened by me regarding the 58 choices we apparently all have, and even they rolled their eyes!
Number 1 on the New York list is bi-gendered, followed by cross-dresser, drag-king, drag-queen, femme queen, female-to-male, FTM, gender bender, genderqueer, male-to-female, MTF, Non-Op, Hijra, Pangender, Transexual/Transsexual, Trans person, woman, man, butch, two-spirit, trans, agender, third sex, gender fluid, non-binary transgender, androgyne, gender-gifted, gender-bender, femme, person of transgender experience, androgynous.
‘Woman’ and ‘Man’ come in at number 16 and 17 on the list and if most people are not a little surprised at that, then they are not being honest.
It defies logic that anyone outside a small, ideologically-driven cabal would even know all 31 supposed genders.
Facebook has introduced 58 “custom” gender options. Added to the 31 above, are the terms beginning with “Cis”. Cisgender, cis female, cis man, cis woman, cis gender female, cis gender woman, cis gender male, cis gender man and so the list goes on. (more…)
Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward quits Vic government role over post Government • Safe Schools Coalition
The Australian, May 28, 2016
Safe Schools Coalition co-ordinator Roz Ward was forced yesterday to quit her advisory role with the Victorian government and faces a university investigation over a Facebook post where she labelled the Australian flag “racist” and called for it to be replaced with a socialist red ensign.
Ms Ward, who was advising the government on LGBTI issues, posted the incendiary statement after Premier Daniel Andrews apologised in the parliament on Monday for past gay discrimination.
The government hoisted a gay-pride rainbow flag on Victoria’s Parliament House as part of the historic event.
Ms Ward posted a photo of the rainbow flag on top of Parliament House on Facebook with the comment: “Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.”
The Weekend Australian discovered the message during the week and on Thursday night asked the government and Ms Ward for comment.
In response, Ms Ward’s resignation and an apology was distributed to the media yesterday and the post removed yesterday morning from her Facebook page.
Ms Ward’s biggest allies, La Trobe University and the Victorian government, yesterday strongly criticised her post.
The government’s Gender and Equality Commissioner, Rowena Allen, said it was inappropriate.
“Ms Ward has acknowledged that the post was inappropriate and may have caused offence, even if meant in jest, and posted in private,” Ms Allen said.
“The Safe Schools program is not about any one person, it’s about providing safe and inclusive environments for all LGBTI kids at school. The Victorian government remains proud in its support of the Safe Schools program, and this will in no way affect the running of the program.”
Ms Ward remains employed as the Victorian co-ordinator of Safe Schools through La Trobe University, but a university spokesman said her post was being investigated.
“While the university respects academic freedom and the importance of free speech, we are concerned about the impact these comments could have on the good standing of our researchers in this field and the university takes this very seriously,’’ the spokesman said. “We will commence an investigation and consider all our available options.”
Ms Ward yesterday expressed regret. “I apologise for any offence that comments, posted on my private Facebook page, may have caused the government and members of the LGBTI community,’’ she said.
“These were private comments that were never intended for the public domain.’’
A government spokeswoman said: “Ms Ward’s view on the Australian flag is inappropriate and does not in any way represent the Victorian government’s view.”
The move may cause a headache for Mr Andrews, who has decided to fund Safe Schools in its current form, despite the federal government deciding its curriculum should change.
The program, which was ostensibly designed to prevent bullying of gay and transgender students, will be compulsory in Victorian state secondary schools by 2018.
The federal government pulled its funding from Safe Schools in March and gutted the curriculum after concerns from conservatives that it promoted a leftist ideological agenda.
Ms Ward has come under fire previously for linking the program with political causes. Railing against a “push to fit people into gender constructs that promote heterosexuality’’ at a Marxist conference last year, she alluded that Safe Schools was part of a broader strategy to change society.
9 News, May 25, 2016
Malcolm Turnbull has broken his two-year boycott of Alan Jones’ 2GB breakfast program, with the influential conservative broadcaster pressing the prime minister to “wipe out” the Safe Schools program.
Alan Jones started the interview saying those who were expecting another “brawl” would be disappointed.
Jones allowed Mr Turnbull to spruik his election campaign rhetoric mostly uninterrupted, and did not bring up Tony Abbott or last year’s leadership spill.
At one point Mr Turnbull praised Jones for making a point about superannuation “very eloquently, as always.”
“Thank you,” Jones replied, with a chuckle.
As the interview drew to a close, Jones asked the prime minister how he would feel about one of his daughters participating in the “role plays” as set out in the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.
Citing an example of a roleplay involving 15-year-old bisexual girl who already had “15 sexual partners”, Jones asked why it was not “wiped out of the curriculum”.
“What we have done is make some changes, based on independent, professional advice, and what they are is involving parental involvement and consent,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Speaking for the Coalition, parents should be (involved), and these are the changes we’ve made.
“There is no substitute for active, involved, and engaged parental consent.” (more…)
Mark Latham, The Courier Mail, May 24, 2016
In part, Mr Latham wrote:
Shorten has also moved Labor to the left with his embrace of the philosophical underpinnings of identity politics.
Post-structuralist Marxism argues capitalist social messaging and power structures are so debilitating for people that they can’t understand their true racial, sexual and gender roles in society.
Thus women are permanently oppressed by patriarchy. Ethnic minorities are the victims of embedded racism. All gender and sexual expression in society is fluid, meaning men can be women (and vice versa) whenever they choose.
Post-structuralism was the brainchild of Michel Foucault (1926-84), a radical, socially deviant French philosopher.
Foucault was opposed to the Age of Enlightenment, arguing that Western traditions of knowledge-based reason locked people into the “historical construct” of their identity “essence”.
He aimed to liberate the individual from these oppressive, bourgeois influences.
This philosophy has inspired the Safe Schools and Building Respectful Relationships programs introduced by the Victorian Labor government and supported by Shorten.
The programs’ authors have openly declared their commitment to post-structuralist Marxism.
One of them, Roz Ward from La Trobe University, told Melbourne’s Marxism 2015 Conference that: “The Safe Schools Coalition is making some difference but we’re still a long way from liberation; Marxism offers the hope and strategy needed to create a world where human sexuality, gender and how we relate to our bodies can blossom in extraordinarily new and amazing ways.”
The Sunday Telegraph, May 22, 2016
AT least we know that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews are sensible parents.
Both Labor politicians have chosen to send their children to schools where they will be protected from the sexual propaganda of the Safe Schools program.
Andrews has made Safe Schools mandatory in Victorian schools and derides as “bigots” anyone who criticises its extreme teachings on “gender fluidity” and “heterosexism”.
But, while he’s happy to inflict such nonsense on other people’s offspring, he sends his own children to Catholic schools where Safe Schools will never be part of the curriculum.
Shorten sends his daughter to a local public school in Melbourne but she is too young to be exposed to Safe Schools until she hits high school.
But if she follows her older siblings into independent schools, she, too, is likely to remain blissfully safe from Safe Schools.
Do what we say, not what we do, is alive and well among Labor’s elite.
ON THE VERGE OF SILLINESS
THE dominant media narrative about this election seems oddly misaligned with observable facts.
For instance, Fairfax media yesterday trumpeted the latest IPSOS poll as evidence that Malcolm Turnbull is in dire straits.
In fact, it shows Labor’s primary vote still stuck at an unwinnable 34 per cent.
Then there was the unfortunate mishap with Bill Shorten’s convoy near Cessnock on Thursday. Footage on Channel 9 showed what happened. About 12.45pm, the Shorten convoy is crawling along the 80km/h road and then begins slowly pulling off the road one by one onto the narrow verge.
A white Mitsubishi Magna behind them pulls out to overtake the convoy and collides with a blue Nissan Pulsar driven by a 21-year-old woman who is later taken to hospital with minor head injuries.
Shorten invites the driver of the Mitsubishi and her small son to take refuge in his car while emergency services personnel free the trapped driver from her Nissan.
Fair enough. But every story then became about wonderful Mr Empathy.
It was ‘Shorten comforts mother’ and not ‘Shorten’s convoy creates traffic hazard that results in head-on collision’.
We know from local resident Norm Aboud that “it’s a dreadful little bit of road so your life is in your hands every time you’re on it”.
Yet the wisdom of calling an impromptu press conference on the narrow verge of a notorious stretch of a country road went unquestioned.
David Penberthy: The innocence of youth has been swallowed up by a cesspit of porn Safe Schools Coalition
Sunday Mail (SA), May 21, 2016
In part, David Penberthy, says:
As a parent, my main gripe with the Safe Schools issue had little to do with questions of sexual preference but more that it was predicated on the apparent primacy of sexual conduct in determining one’s identity, with its target audience including many very young people who do not engage in sexual conduct at all.
I could not care whether people are straight, gay, bi or devoted to a life of abstinence. No child should be made to feel isolated or vulnerable on the basis of their sexuality or identity. Kids will, hopefully, learn that at home, and their schools should remind them of the fact.
But the thing which annoyed me most about the Safe Schools agenda – specifically, the external resources it relied upon courtesy of radical outside organisations such as Minus 18 – was that some of the teaching modules went way beyond urging respect, tolerance and awareness.
They seem to be demanding sexual activity, or at least working on the presumption that everyone in class is sexually active, creating an environment where young people risk feeling like losers if they’re not.
At a time when so many kids are struggling to read and write, or develop a deep knowledge of history or geography, it seems bizarre that we will set aside much-needed taxpayer dollars for so-called “learning” modules on the Minus 18 website which canvass a range of sexual practices and which even make light of the prospect of catching STDs.
Every parent of teens and soon-to-be teens will tell you that the toughest gig in parenting these days is limiting the time the kids spend social networking. It is difficult to limit their use because computers are now so intertwined with the curriculum that there’s always an ostensibly valid reason to have the damn things in front of them.
The amount of time they spend online is a less-troubling issue than the prospect of what they will find – by accident or design – when they get there.
For girls, it means self-doubt, anxiety over their appearance, and a warped sense of how they should behave; for boys, it means a tawdry set of expectations for their interactions with women. And it has all been created by an adult world where even some of our nuttier educators are wholly defined by the question of what they choose to do with their private parts.
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The Australian, May 23, 2016
Roz Ward, the hardline Marxist behind the contentious Safe Schools program, has been appointed to a high-level committee advising the Victorian government on education issues.
With the taxpayer-funded sexual and gender diversity program having become a hot election issue, after the Greens and Labor pledged to boost funding, the Andrews Labor government appears increasingly committed to pushing an LGBTI agenda in the schoolyard.
Ms Ward, already a director of the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, has joined the education reference group set up to provide advice on the government’s LGBTI education priorities and identify new ways to improve equality for gay and transgender youth in schools.
The group comes under the mantle of the government’s LGBTI Taskforce, co-chaired by leading transgender activist Brenda Appleton, which provides direct advice to Equality Minister Martin Foley.
While the taskforce membership was announced in September, the make-up of its education reference group has not been publicly disclosed. But Ms Ward’s role is detailed on the website of La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, where she works.
Ms Ward, an academic with a degree in gender studies, has become the controversial face of the Safe Schools movement, largely due to her extreme Left political views; including publicly linking the program to a broader Marxist push to liberate society from “gender constructs”. (more…)
Anthony Fisher, The Australian, May 21, 2016.
“Bishop jailed for excluding gender ideology from classroom”; “Muslim parents required to enrol children in gay-friendly program”; “Hindu teacher who said marriage between man and woman fined for hate speech” — such might be the headlines if the new Greens policy on religious liberty and “heteronormative bigotry” were ever to become law.
Some Greens policies are very attractive to many religious believers and other idealists; for example, with respect to the environment or refugees. So they are all the more confused by recent moves to push our new groups of religious believers to the margins.
Religious liberty is set to become a major issue in the forthcoming election. Parents send their children off to school each day expecting their minds to be nourished and their safety guaranteed. But the Greens want $32 million spent on a so-called Safe Schools program that is neither nourishing nor safe, and want churches, schools and parents charged with discrimination if they fail to conform. They’ve challenged other parties to make similar announcements.
The Safe Schools program as originally published was controversial; it was somewhat amended after a review and may be defunded after the election. But some favour continuing to fund the revised version and the Greens want the unreformed version imposed on all. This proposes that children be taught that sex is about the outside body but gender about how you feel inside; that it’s up to you to choose your gender and how you express it; that children should play-act as if they were LGBTI adults; that they should feel free to dress in the school uniform of the opposite sex and use their bathrooms; and so on.
It also denounces examples of “heteronormativity”, such as people asking if a baby is a boy or a girl. And it’s all being badged as an anti-bullying program, needed to protect kids from the hateful bigots that occupy our schools.
Ironically, some of the loudest advocates of this “anti-bullying program” are set to engage in some big-time bullying themselves. They would rather force church schools to close than allow them to teach politically incorrect things. Name-calling and belief-shaming of those who disagree with us are textbook bullying — yet these advocates call anyone who disagrees with them a “bigot” or a “homophobe”. (more…)
The Australian, May 19, 2016.
Labor will review the carve-outs in Australia’s anti-discrimination laws, with Bill Shorten leaving open the door to removing further exemptions for religious institutions.
The Opposition Leader also committed to extending funding for the contentious Safe Schools program beyond 2017 while providing no solid defence of religious freedoms amid a fresh push to tighten anti-discrimination measures.
While the Greens this week tied themselves to a termination of the religious exemptions in the national anti-discrimination framework, Labor’s own policy platform commits the party to a re-examination of the appropriateness of the existing carve-outs. The review leaves open the prospect of a Shorten-led Labor government winding back or even removing religious exemptions from Australia’s anti-discrimination laws.
Opposition legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus suggested a strong approach would be taken on this issue. “Labor believes that no faith, no religion, no set of beliefs should ever be used as an instrument of division or exclusion,” Mr Dreyfus told The Australian.
“Condemning anyone, discriminating against anyone, vilifying anyone is a violation of the values we all share, a violation which can never be justified by anyone’s faith or belief.”
Asked last night if Labor supported or opposed removing the religious exemptions as per the Greens proposal, The Australian was referred by Bill Shorten’s office to the ALP platform, which argues the carve-outs must not prevent people from accessing “essential social services”.
No clear answer was given by Mr Shorten on whether he supported the removal of religious exemptions. When pressed on this issue on the campaign trail in Sydney, he said: “We do believe that people shouldn’t be discriminated against in their employment on the basis of the criteria which currently exist. So we are not as keen to just simply start changing everything, denying people their employment rights.”
The Safe Schools program triggered a conservative backlash for introducing students to the concept of gender fluidity and encouraging school kids as young as 11 to role-play being in same sex relationships.
Malcolm Turnbull ordered a review of the scheme this year following a revolt by a majority of the Coalition backbench, with Education Minister Simon Birmingham then limiting the program to secondary schools, removing inappropriate content and involving parents.
Yesterday the Prime Minister said the program had been modified to the extent there was more parental involvement and consent in it “which I think most parents would find reassuring’’.
“Labor and the Greens are heading in a trajectory of their own,’’ Mr Turnbull said.
Asked about the Safe Schools program yesterday, Mr Shorten confirmed Labor would continue to fund the scheme but did not say whether he would keep the heavy curtailments introduced by Senator Birmingham.
The Australian, Cut and Paste, May 19, 2016.
Anti-bullying, or else! Bill Shorten is all in with the Safe Schools agenda, yesterday:
I don’t want politicians trying to dictate books kids read in school or their curriculum. That’s what we’ve got teachers and experts for.
Leave it to the “experts” to dictate, then. Safe Schools co-ordinator Roz Ward, quoted in The Australian, March 22:
When people do complain then school leadership can very calmly and graciously say, ‘You know what? We’re doing it anyway, tough luck’! (It’s) not about celebrating diversity; not about stopping bullying. (It’s) about gender and sexual diversity.
And definitely don’t let parents have a say. Safe Schools manager Joel Radcliffe, from the same article:
Parents … seem to have a lot of power (in) schools. Parents don’t have the power to shut this down.
The Australian, May 18, 2016.
Labor is considering restoring the controversial Safe Schools program after the Greens promised to roll it out fully and strip churches of exemptions in discrimination laws.
As the opposition continues to be forced to defend its left flank from the Greens, Labor may reverse changes the Coalition made to the program this year amid an outcry over 11-year-olds being asked to role play as gay teenagers.
Labor’s education spokeswoman, Kate Ellis, told The Australian: “We established the Safe Schools program and we think it does incredibly important work.
“In contrast, the Liberals are cutting the program entirely next year. Given Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals are intent on pursuing their divisive plebiscite on marriage equality, it’s more important than ever before that LGBTI young people, and kids growing up in diverse families, are safe from bullying at school.” (more…)
Federal election 2016: churches put ALP on notice over Safe Schools Government • Safe Schools Coalition
The Australian, May 18, 2016.
Labor risks putting religious groups offside in the lead-up to the election if it decides to fund the controversial Safe Schools Coalition gay and transgender anti-bullying program.
The Greens yesterday pledged $32 million to the program in the next four years but Labor’s education spokeswoman Kate Ellis is yet to reveal its policy.
The Coalition gutted the program in March and said it would not continue federal funding after 2017, in response to concern from conservatives that it was promoting a leftist ideological agenda.
Anglican Bishop of North Sydney Chris Edwards said the Sydney diocese would oppose federal funding for Safe Schools.
“But especially concerning were the comments by the Green’s spokesman that they opposed the requirement for students to obtain parental permission to take part,” he said.
Victorian Catholic Education Office executive director Stephen Elder said the Greens’ pledge was not an appropriate use of public funds. “When 1728 Catholic schools in Australia were given a choice, only two chose to include Safe Schools material in their curriculum. This is because wellbeing programs within our system already teach the benefits of family values, respect for self and others to promote an anti-bullying message,” Mr Elder said.
He said a cynic would see the Greens announcement as merely political grandstanding. (more…)
Federal election 2016: Greens turn up heat on Safe Schools agenda Government • Safe Schools Coalition
Paul Kelly, Editor-At-Large, The Australian, May 18, 2016
The Greens pledge for a $32 million four-year rollout of the gender fluidity Safe Schools program — combined with a frontal assault on religious liberty by toughening anti-discrimination law — lights up sexual and cultural values in this election and poses serious questions for Labor.
The revolt is now gathering pace — led by the ALP Andrews government in Victoria and the Greens — against the Turnbull government’s hefty curtailment of the Safe Schools agenda and its intention to stick by the original plan and terminate federal funding in 2017. Bill Shorten and Labor have been fierce champions of the Safe Schools program. They attacked the March 18 announcement by Education Minister Simon Birmingham that imposed major revisions in the teeth of hostility from the program’s advocates. Shadow minister Kate Ellis slammed the decision as an “absolute disgrace” and branded the critics as divisive and extremists.
Yet Bill Shorten during a full week of campaigning on education and schools last week failed to spell out Labor’s position.
That cannot last long since the Greens have now tried to wedge Labor yet again — this time on the Safe Schools program, seen as iconic by political progressives. So, where does Labor stand? The ideological anger over this program, on both sides, is intense and growing. It was bound to happen. Many observers were slow to fathom that the Safe Schools program — with its pervasive philosophy of gender fluidity and rejection of the male/female gender paradigm — was destined to become a values and culture war battleground between traditionalists and progressives backed by the LGBTI community.
The performance of political leaders on this issue has been astonishing. Premier Daniel Andrews regularly brands critics of the program as “bigots” and Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, regularly brands them as “homophobes”. Such inflammatory language from party leaders and premiers about their critics is almost unprecedented in politics these days. It is completely unacceptable coming from leaders, but reveals the depth of feelings around this issue.
Andrews and the Greens are turning up the political heat. Malcolm Turnbull has been extremely reluctant to get involved in this public debate despite Birmingham’s significant changes to the program last March after a revolt by a majority of the Coalition backbench.
The risk for the Coalition is that its conservative heartland — for example, think Senator Cory Bernardi — will re-engage and compound past errors with more counterproductive remarks. But since protesters defaced Bernardi’s office and intimidated his staff, his ongoing involvement is pretty much inevitable.
The Greens in their statement yesterday have escalated the stakes by tying changes to anti-discrimination law to the expanded Safe Schools program to deliver “a full suite of policy positions on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia”.
The Greens sexuality spokesperson, Senator Robert Simms said: “Under current anti-discrimination laws, a gay man can be fired from working at a private school and a transgender person can be turned away from a religious homeless shelter.”
The exemption from anti-discrimination law for religious institutions and schools allows them to retain their religious character. It is a cornerstone for religious freedom in this country. Eliminating the exemption has long been a priority target of the Greens, many progressives and human rights lawyers.
The prospect is that legal changes would allow the state to impose agendas such as the Safe Schools program on faith-based institutions against their will. The Andrews government has long said it wants the Safe Schools program mandatory in all schools. The Greens are fully aware of the electoral clout of the LGBTI community and its supporters. (more…)
The Australian, May 18, 2016.
In the unfortunate event Australians found the Greens in a power-sharing alliance with Labor after July 2, nobody, including party leader Richard Di Natale, could surely expect their absurd proposal to back away from the US alliance, the bedrock of Australia’s strategic policy for 75 years, would ever see the light of day.
The views set out by Senator Di Natale to the Lowy Institute yesterday would better suit a fringe protest group than a professional party. Their pacifist approach would also scuttle the $50 billion submarine project in South Australia. With a quasi-religious fervour, the Greens’ real agenda for the coming parliament also emerged, however, in the form of their “plan for inclusive communities’’, released to mark the “International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia’’.
In supporting “our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities’’, the plan brushed aside the rights of families who would prefer their children to attend school — including religious schools — without being guilt-tripped over the use of “heteronormative’’ words such as ‘‘he’’ and “she’’, wasting time role playing same-sex relationships and repainting zebra crossings in rainbow colours.
Such arrant nonsense has no place in an education system falling behind Asian and other nations in literacy and numeracy. The Coalition modified the Gillard government’s “Safe Schools’’ program after The Australian revealed its content in February. It will not fund it after next year. But the Greens would quadruple its four-year funding to $32 million.
More alarmingly for parents whose children attend religious schools — a third of enrolments — the Greens want the elimination of exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation on religious grounds. All schools should outlaw bullying and instil respect for individuals, regardless of race, faith, gender, or sexual orientation. But the extremes of the so-called queer agenda are anathema to most Australians, who find them ridiculous at best. That includes state school parents, who are entitled to a say in whether the Safe Schools program is taught to their children. The Greens’ eagerness to impose such an agenda amounts to support for rigid social engineering. (more…)
The Guardian, May 17, 2016.
The Greens have promised to remove religious exemptions to federal anti-discrimination law and increase funding to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.
The promises are contained in broad-ranging Greens policy for LGBTI rights to be released on Tuesday by their LGBTI equality spokesman, Robert Simms, and gender identity spokeswoman, Janet Rice.
The Sex Discrimination Act contains a number of exemptions for religious organisations providing accommodation and religious educational institutions
The Greens are concerned that these allow gay teachers at religious private schools to be fired for their sexuality or faith-based homelessness shelters to refuse to accept transgender residents.
The Australian Law Reform Commission’s traditional rights and freedoms inquiry said these were designed to protect religious freedom. In submissions to the inquiry, some religious organisations such as the Australian Christian Lobby said they did not go far enough in protecting their freedom. (more…)
The Australian, May 17, 2016.
Labor education spokeswoman Kate Ellis is yet to declare whether the party will fund the Safe Schools program, but yesterday noted that it “does incredibly important work”.
The anti-bullying program, which was supported by the Labor Party, was gutted by the Coalition in March in response to concerns that it promotes a leftist ideological agenda.
The Coalition declared that Safe Schools would receive no federal funding after next year, when the Gillard government’s $8 million contribution to the program runs out. It also banned links to third-party materials on the Safe Schools website, such as the promotion of gay and transgender youth network Minus 18.
Ms Ellis yesterday would not reveal Labor’s policy on Safe Schools and whether it would fund the program after 2017.
“We established the Safe Schools program and we think it does incredibly important work,’’ she said. “The government will cut this program entirely next year. Labor will have more to say on our education policies in the lead up to the election.”
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said: “If the Labor Party choose not to support our responsible and measured changes then they will need to explain to Australian parents why they believe the removed web links and classroom activities should be retained.”
The Australian, May 17, 2016.
A vocal critic of the controversial Safe Schools Coalition has accused Facebook of censoring its conservative viewpoint after a newspaper article that it shared at the weekend mysteriously disappeared.
The article, published in The Weekend Australian, had highlighted cases of the gender and sexual diversity program being taught in primary schools, despite it being intended for secondary schools only.
Christian lobby group Family Voice Australia uploaded the article, titled “Kids of 7 learn ‘gender diversity’ from Safe Schools Coalition”, at 11am on Saturday and by mid afternoon it had generated hundreds of “likes”, shares and comments.
When a site administrator checked the page again at about 7pm, the article was gone, leaving in its place a message advising the account had been “sending out spam”.
Family Voice also claimed this was not the first time its posts had been deleted, with several articles it shared last year about its traditional view of marriage also disappearing.
Last month, John Dickson, who runs the Centre for Public Christianity, revealed that an opinion piece he had penned and uploaded to Facebook was removed for failing to adhere to “community standards”. The article had called for a more respectful debate on same-sex marriage. (more…)
Wagga councillor Paul Funnell slams Safe Schools program as ‘debauchery’ of policy Government • Safe Schools Coalition
The Daily Advertiser, May 16, 2016.
City councillor Paul Funnell has spoken out against the increasingly contentious program that has reignited hostile debate ahead of the federal election.
Mr Funnell said rather than being an anti-bullying policy, the Safe Schools initiative would lead to a radical sexualisation of young Australian students.
“This programme has nothing to do with abolishing bullying,” Mr Funnell said. “It’s disgraceful, X-rated social engineering and will see the sexualisation of our children.”
The program, intended to be rolled out in primary schools across the country, is aimed at developing a safe and inclusive environment for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.
Mr Funnell described some of the program’s suggested content as completely “ludicrous” and even, in some cases, “criminal”.
“The material is completely inappropriate and does not belong in schools,” he said.
“Much of this would be considered grooming if it was not wrapped up in this programme and people would be rightly arrested.
“It’s ludicrous that this program teaches children that your genitals don’t determine your gender and it completely warps their concept of sexuality.” (more…)
The Age, May 14, 2016.
Hostilities over the Safe Schools program have reignited ahead of the election, with Victoria walking away from federal funds to openly defy Malcolm Turnbull’s attempts to amend the controversial curriculum.
After declaring Victoria would go it alone to make the program mandatory in every secondary school, the Andrews government will launch a new web page on Sunday providing access to the original material used to teach students about sexual diversity – rather than any watered down versions produced by the Commonwealth.
The move comes after Safe Schools resources were taken down from the program’s national website in recent weeks, redesigned to remove any lessons or links the federal Coalition deemed inappropriate for students, and placed on a federal government-controlled online portal.
But the latest developments have enraged Victoria, with state Education Minister James Merlino claiming he wasn’t properly consulted before the material was removed, and accusing the Prime Minister of standing “with the bigots and bullies instead of standing up for vulnerable students”.
“We will continue to support SSCV (Safe Schools Coalition Victoria) and will make the existing resources available on the department’s website because Safe Schools saves lives,” Mr Merlino said.
Defying the Commonwealth means Victoria will be required to spend about $1 million of its own funds to roll out the program, and the Safe Schools Coalition of Victoria will not receive any additional financial support from Canberra (worth around $300,000), unlike other states that adhere to the Coalition’s changes.
But it also will mean that teachers and students will be able to use every lesson plan in its original form – including the All of Us teaching manual that conservative Liberal MPs such as Cory Bernardi claimed was “indoctrinating children”. The state will also make available a new resource for students in grade five to year 10, which focuses on same-sex families. (more…)
The Australian, May 16, 2016
Students and teachers across the country will still be able to access resources of the original Safe Schools program that were axed by the federal government, after the Andrews government vowed to fight “bigots” by making the course material available online.
Victoria is the only state planning to continue with the unamended version of the program — which includes homosexual role-play and asks students to consider gender as a fluid concept — following a review that prompted changes to the federally funded course.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he would encourage students in other states to search for the material on the Victorian education department’s website. (more…)
The Australian, May 14, 2016.
Children as young as seven have been exposed to lessons about “transgender experiences”, with the Victorian head of the controversial Safe Schools Coalition admitting having taught the secondary school program in primary schools.
In a lecture given by Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward, which was captured via audio recording, she discusses an activity from the program’s main teaching guide, All of Us, claiming, “I did this with a Grade 3 class”. “It’s a great activity if you ever want to do it,” she tells the group of teachers.
In a separate recording, Ms Ward refers to visiting a primary school in regional Victoria to discuss gender ideology.
Last week, Ms Ward, who has a masters degree in gender studies but no teaching qualification, was photographed at RMIT in Melbourne lecturing a group of student primary school teachers about the program.
Neither audio recording, posted on the Stop Safe Schools Coalition Facebook page last month, indicates when the lectures were given.
A Safe Schools spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Ms Ward had undertaken primary school visits since March, when the federal government ordered an overhaul of the program.
However, the All of Us resource was created only with Year 7 and 8 students in mind. (more…)
The Australian, May 4, 2016.
A Victorian father has pulled his daughter out of a state school after the Andrews government’s decision to make the Safe Schools anti-bullying program a mandatory part of the curriculum.
Steve Burgen, whose daughter was until last week in Year 10 at Frankston High School in Melbourne’s southeast, said Safe Schools was incompatible with his conservative Christian beliefs.
He says his family is being strong-armed out of the state system by the ideologically charged program, which is based on aspects of socially radical queer theory. Mr Burgen said he was being forced to enrol his daughter in a private Catholic school, despite it being beyond his financial means.
He would also move his other children, aged 13 and 10, to Catholic schools. “We’ve got three children and, frankly, we can’t really afford to put three children into private school, but we don’t have much choice,” he said.
Victoria is the only state where the controversial Safe Schools Coalition program will be compulsory for state schools by 2018. (more…)
The Australian, April 30, 2016
Preschoolers should be introduced to the concept of same-sex marriage, according to a leading early education academic who is advocating against the notion of “compulsory heterosexuality” in the classroom.
Melbourne University research fellow Kylie Smith, a contributor to the education curriculum in Victoria, has published a paper about the importance of political activism in the early childhood sector, focusing on the marriage equality debate and ideas around gender.
Echoing proponents of the controversial Safe Schools program, Dr Smith, who works in the university’s Youth Research Centre, laments the degree to which early education resources represent gender and sexuality as “fixed” rather than “fluid and changing”.
She refers to her experience teaching “Lydia”, who had said she wanted to grow up to be a boy. She had told the young girl that “it might not be easy but she can and people like doctors can help”. The paper, titled “And the princesses married and lived happily ever after: challenging compulsory heterosexuality in the early childhood classroom”, was published as part of a broader occasional paper released by the university in December.
Last month the federal government ordered an overhaul of the Safe Schools Coalition following a review that found elements to be inappropriate for younger students. Advocacy group Early Childhood Australia has courted controversy with its “start early” program, a resource for teaching about respectful relationships that touches on issues about sex, sexuality and crossdressing. (more…)
The Australian, April 25, 2016
A new sex education course funded by taxpayers is quizzing 12-year-old children about sex and masturbation and teaching them to search online for sexual information.
The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships — produced by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University — also directs students to study a gay website criticised by federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
The teaching guide contains a quiz for Year 7 students, including the question: “Will masturbation make your palms go hairy?’’
Students as young as 12 are tested on whether they know what proportion of teenagers “have not had vaginal sex” before the age of 16. The quiz also asks: “How does a person know if they are gay?’’
A 40-minute lesson instructs children to safely search the internet for information about sex and sexuality, using filters to screen explicit results. (more…)
Neo-Marxist feminists send a neutered Trojan Horse into schools to re-engineer our children’s sexuality and social values Government
Mark Latham, The Daily Telegraph, April 26, 2016
IN monitoring the political correctness of the Left, a clear pattern has emerged. Inner-city “progressives” have adopted the clever, time-honoured tactic of the Trojan Horse.
Having lost the big debates about economic and foreign policy, they have invented a new range of “oppression” issues — pretending that Australia is a bigoted nation that persistently mistreats women, gay people and anyone from a non-European racial background.
The Trojan Horse strategy is used to take otherwise well-intentioned issues, such as anti-bullying and domestic violence prevention, as a way of achieving Leftist outcomes. (more…)
The Australian, April 21, 2016
An education researcher has queried the stereotype of the “bullied” or “at-risk” homosexual youth, suggesting it is a construction of scientific literature that may be counter-productive.
University of New England academic Tiffany Jones appears to have broken ranks from many colleagues in the field b highlighting the deficiencies of some advocacy-driven research studies, particularly those presenting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) youth as victims of homophobic bullying.
It is an extraordinary admission given Professor Jones’s role as a collaborator on a high-profile research project, the 2010 Writing Themselves In 3 study, which has propagated this view and formed the basis for education policy across the country, including the Safe Schools gender and sexual diversity program.
In a paper published in the Journal of Sex Education, Professor Jones argues that the “bullied GLBTIQ student” is a recent emergence constructed by researchers, many of whom are backed by GLBTIQ networks. (more…)
US Federal Court: Schools May Not Provide Separate Bathrooms Based on Biology Safe Schools Coalition
The Daily Signal, April 19, 2016
On Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court ruled against a Virginia school district that sought to accommodate a transgender student while also protecting the privacy rights of other students.
The court concluded that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—should be interpreted as prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity, as a Department of Education letter suggested in 2015. The ruling allows a lawsuit brought by a transgender student to proceed.
The case involves a biological girl who identifies as a boy. The court’s majority explains it this way: “G.G.’s birth-assigned sex, or so-called ‘biological sex,’” is female, but G.G.’s gender identity is male.” Note the scare quotes around what the court calls “so-called ‘biological sex.” Biological sex, in fact, is precisely what Congress protected in 1972.
In a stinging dissent, Judge Paul Niemeyer points out that “the majority’s opinion, for the first time ever, holds that a public high school may not provide separate restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of biological sex.” It’s hard to imagine that that’s what Congress was prohibiting when it enacted Title IX in 1972. (more…)
The Australian, April 20, 2016
Target is making a stand on the debate around what type of bathrooms transgender people can use.
In a statement posted on its company website, the discounter, based in Minneapolis, said transgender employees and customers can use the restroom or fitting room facility that “corresponds with their gender identity.”
“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,” said the retailer in a statement. “It’s something we celebrate.”
The statement comes as a national debate is exploding over whether to restrict transgender people to using public bathrooms that only match their sex at birth.
North Carolina is facing backlash for its recent ban on local anti-discrimination ordinances.
Several musicians including Bruce Springsteen have cancelled planned tour stops in North Carolina, and PayPal pulled back on plans to open a 400-employee operation center in Charlotte in response to the new law.
Other states are considering legislation similar to that adopted by North Carolina.
Target Corp says it regularly assesses issues and considers many factors that would impact business, customers and workers.
THE AUSTRALIAN, APRIL 18, 2016
There are few forms of predation that offend our common morality more than child sexual abuse. During the 1970s, pedophile groups capitalising on the sexual liberation movement sought to redefine their exploitation of youth as an expression of children’s sexual rights, self-determination and autonomy. Groups such as the North American Man/Boy Love Association claimed children were sexual beings and sought to repeal age of consent laws to liberate their sexuality. They were welcomed by fringe elements of the neo-Marxist minorities movement that advocated sexual libertarian ideology under Queer and “sex positive” politics. (more…)
The Australian, April 15, 2016
The sexualisation of children is not a method of domestic violence prevention. At worst it is an insidious form of abuse, often used by pedophiles to groom their victims. Yet Daniel Andrews’s government has funded another program in schools that encourages adults to sexualise children and expose them to sexually explicit materials. Such behaviour violates common standards that protect children from premature sexualisation but the program is presented as an exercise in diversity and inclusion.
As education editor Natasha Bita revealed on yesterday’s front page, the Andrews government has dedicated $21.8 million to extending the Building Respectful Relationships program, funded on the basis of domestic violence prevention. Its objectives are to educate students about “gender, violence and respectful relationships” as part of “state and federal initiatives to prevent violence against women”. Like the Safe Schools Coalition program, which celebrates a neo-Marxist queer political agenda, Building Respectful Relationships promotes sexual content of an extreme nature.
Despite a stated aim to work against premature sexualisation, BRR encourages explicit discussion of sexuality, including writing personal advertisements and anal sex. Lessons also cover transgenderism and deconstructing gender. Students are coached to use the gender-neutral term partner instead of boyfriend and girlfriend to be “inclusive of gay and lesbian partnerships”. (more…)
The Australian April 14, 2016
Students as young as 12 will study sexualised personal ads and write their own advertisements seeking the “perfect partner’’ as part of a new school curriculum supposed to combat family violence.
The classroom material includes an example ad from a “lustful, sexually generous’’ person seeking “sexy freak out with similarly intentioned woman’’.
Another ad — to be analysed by Year 8 students aged 12 and 13 — is from a “30-year-old blonde bombshell, wild and sexy, living in the fast lane’’.
“Can you keep up?’’ it asks.
A third example cites a “hot gay gal 19yo’’ who is seeking an “outgoing fem 18-25 into nature, sport and night-life for friendship and relationship’’.
Children are instructed to “write your own personal ad for the perfect partner’’.
The Building Respectful Relationships material, which is meant to prevent family violence, is replacing religious education lessons during class time in Victorian state schools this year. (more…)
Geelong Advertiser, April 15, 2016
HIGH school students will soon be studying sexualised advertisements as part of a new curriculum aimed at combating family violence.
In a resource written in response to the State Government’s report on respectful relationships education, students in years 8, 9 and 10 will be studying “looking for partner” advertisements from newspapers and online dating websites. South Barwon MP Andrew Katos.
Some of these include advertisements that cite “Lustful, sexually generous, funny and (sometimes shy) … seeking sexy freak out with similarly intentioned woman”.
Another reads: “Slim dark-skinned older guy (looks young and fit) seeks guy 25 to 40 who likes love and affection, kissing etc.” South Barwon MP Andrew Katos said the Victorian coalition thought this kind of content in a school curriculum crossed the line. (more…)
13 April 2016 Report: Australian Family Association
The Australian Family Association (AFA) appeared before a hearing of the NSW Committee of Inquiry into the Sexualisation of Children and Young People in Sydney on 7 April. To access the AFA Submission click here .
The AFA submitted that the Safe Schools Coalition program (SSCA) is embedding the sexualisation of children and young people in the very education system – in the schools. (more…)
WATCH: Aussie ‘safe schools’ leader admits program is about gay activism, not bullying Safe Schools Coalition
MELBOURNE, March 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Undercover video recorded at the 2014 Safe Schools Coalition National Symposium has exposed as a lie the claim that the program is about helping students stand up to bullying in schools.
The Australian, March 26, 2016
An academic paid with government money to independently evaluate the controversial Safe Schools Coalition anti-bullying program is the co-chair of a gay and transgender organisation that was promoted in the school material.
University of Sydney academic Cristyn Davies is one of the researchers undertaking a $270,000 evaluation of the program.
She is also the co-chair of Twenty10, a counselling service for young gay and transgender people.
Access to the Twenty10 service was promoted on the Safe Schools materials through the All of Us resource.
Liberal MP George Christensen, who is hostile towards Safe Schools, this month said in parliament that one of the biggest concerns he had with the program was the links to outside resources such as Twenty10.
“The safe Schools All of Us teaching resource directs students to the LGBT organisation Twenty10. On the 19th of January this year, Twenty10 held a hands- on workshop for youth on sex toys and sadomasochistic practices,” Mr Christensen said.
South Burnett Times, 20th Mar 2016.
TASMANIA will follow the Federal Government’s lead and adopt changes to the controversial Safe Schools anti-bullying program while Victoria has vowed to go it alone and stick with the original plan.
The Federal Government announced a shake-up of the program after concerns raised by conservative Coalition MPs and senators that some of the content in the program was not appropriate for children.
The program, which focuses on gender diversity and same-sex issues, will lose Commonwealth funding if states do not comply with the new Federal Government guidelines.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said some lesson plans would change and the program would be restricted to high schools.
The decision was criticised by Labor MP Scott Bacon, who said the government should have stood up for young Tasmanians and join Victoria in leaving the program unchanged.
The Australian, March 22, 2016.
A Safe Schools national symposium was told by the program’s Victorian co-ordinator, Roz Ward, that schools could ignore concerns raised about the agenda. “When people do complain then school leadership can very calmly and graciously say, ‘You know what? We’re doing it anyway, tough luck’!” she told more than 300 attendees. Leaked video footage from the event, which emerged at the weekend, also appears to confirm what critics of the program have long suspected: that it was more about promoting radical political ideas around sexuality and gender than preventing schoolyard bullying. “(It’s) not about celebrating diversity; not about stopping bullying,” Ms Ward said. (more…)
Sydney Morning Herald, March 22, 2016.
NSW Premier Mike Baird has defended the federal government’s changes to Safe Schools by revealing his own concerns over the material within the controversial anti-bullying program.
Mr Baird weighed into the debate for the first time. He said he found some of the material linked to the Safe Schools program to be inappropriate.
“How on earth can our children be looking at this?,” he told ABC radio. “I think that the changes that the federal government announced are sensible and reasonable.” (more…)
The Australian, March 19, 2016
Sex education in schools is being dictated by activist-driven research projects aligned to gay and lesbian groups, resulting in the significant overstatement of the rates of same-sex attraction among young people and questionable claims about the degree of homophobia in the schoolyard.
The latest National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, conducted by La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, claims that 16.8 per cent of 16-19-year-olds reported being attracted to the same sex.
The ARCSHS figure is more than double that cited in earlier incarnations of the report and more than four times higher than the number of same-sex-attracted people identified in the 2013 Australian Study of Health Relationships, the nation’s most comprehensive study of sex and relationships. (more…)
The Australian, March 17, 2016.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has promised a “strong” response to a review of the taxpayer-funded Safe Schools Program, urging critics including Tony Abbott to “hold fire” until the government can lay out its plans.
Tony Abbott has signed a petition demanding the de-funding of the controversialanti-bullying program, as Liberal moderates suggested a similar program be rolled out to educate their conservative colleagues about gay and transgender issues…
Disgruntled backbenchers were last night devising a partyroom powerplay by circulating a petition to suspend the program’s $2 million annual subsidy pending a “full-blown” parliamentary inquiry. It has been signed by at least 30 MPs, which is half the backbench, including Mr Abbott.
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
George Christensen MP has revealed more in parliament about the Safe Schools following Senator Birmingham’s review of the program.
He said that the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre for Sex Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, Professor Gary Dowsett, has publicly supported paedophilia. Mr Christensen quoted a Dowsett article, “Boiled Lollies and Band-aids” from Gay Information, where Dowsett says:
“How different then is that gentle, tentative sexuality between parent and child from the love of a paedophile and his/her lover? … that kind of love, warmth, support and nurture is an important part of the paedophilic relationship.”
Senator Birmingham’s Review of the SSCA had limited time and was not able to examine the extreme Marxist sexual revolutionary strategy of the program’s architect, Roz Ward from the ARCSHS, nor the SSCA resource links to outside adult sex sites, the questionable research behind the program or the unscientific queer gender theories embedded in the program.
Clearly all these issues mean the government cannot continue to fund the program and needs to hold a full and open inquiry not only into the Safe Schools program but the ideologies behind the program and the research surveys used to justify it.
For more information on SSCA go to www.kidsrights.org.au