Tasmania will also gut Safe Schools anti-bullying program

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.

Source: http://www.southburnetttimes.com.au/news/Tasmania-will-also-gut-Safe-Schools-anti-bullying/2970289/

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