MP Damien Tudehope MP demands minister should kill off Safe Schools
The Daily Telegraph, 16 February 2017
A LIBERAL MP has used the first week of Parliament to throw a curve ball at his own minister, demanding he issue an immediate directive to principals to completely kill the Safe Schools program.
Epping MP Damien Tudehope said that because of concerns raised by some in the community about the program, “it is not good enough to say that this is purely a matter of ‘local schools, local decisions’.”
“So here’s the tip — the new Minister should immediately take steps to give a direction to all principals that from the 16th February 2017, no school in NSW will be registered for, or disseminate any material, being promoted by the Safe Schools Coalition,” he told the Parliament.
“I call upon the Minister to make that direction immediately.”
Advocates for the program argue it is a crucial anti-bullying mechanism.
But Mr Tudehope, a well-known opponent of the program, said he would continue to call for its removal.
“Parents ought to be under no delusion as to the insidious nature with which this program has been introduced into the school system,” he said.
New Education Minister Rob Stokes has only been in the job a few weeks, having been shifted from his previous portfolio of planning by Premier Gladys Berejiklian.