Safe Schools program disgusting, says former MP Brett Whiteley
The Mercury, 5 November 2016
FORMER Braddon MP Brett Whiteley has labelled the Safe Schools program a “disgusting program, a political activist tool with a radical left wing agenda”.
Mr Whiteley was speaking at the Liberals state council today in favour of a motion that the Federal and State Governments abolish the Safe School program.
He said that when a group of politicians reviewed the program witnesses had to be in the room to ensure that allegations of paedophilia did not result from examination of the websites linked to the program.
“Within two hyperlinks our children would be in adult sex websites,” he said.
However, Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff told members that the program had been rolled out in 20 schools in Tasmania and it was going very well.
“I have every confidence that the 20 schools that have signed up to the program are doing it in a responsible way,” he said
The State president of the Young Liberals Chris Edwards said that Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham had reviewed the program and removed links to inappropriate websites.
A Sandy Bay member said that some people had their sexual preferences determined by environmental factors.
A Devonport member said he found it remarkable that of all the motions on the agenda it had been this one that had become an urgency motion.
The motion was passed.
Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said the motion makes a mockery of Premier Will Hodgman’s gender pledge.
“Mr Hodgman is out today saying he wants fairer representation of women in the Parliament but how can he possibly expect anyone to take him seriously when he is prepared to support the abolition of a program which specifically teaches kids about gender and diversity.
Greens Education spokesperson Andrea Dawkins said: “Passing this motion sends a frightening message to LGBTI Tasmanians, their friends, families and school communities. It’s clear the Tasmanian Liberal Party does not, and will not, support them.”
Earlier today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the state council.