On Friday, the federal government released their response to the REVIEW of the so-called Safe Schools Coalition that has been done by Professor Bill Louden.
Although the federal government has made more changes to the Safe Schools Coalition program than the minimal ones proposed by Professor Louden, we are extremely disappointed with the proposed changes.
Of course, we would like the WHOLE program to be scrapped, as it is ideologically driven and promotes sexual and gender diversity.
As SSCA founder Roz Ward acknowledged, “Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity. Not about celebrating diversity. Not about stopping bullying. About gender and sexual diversity.”
[Roz Ward, address at the launch of the national Safe Schools Coalition in 2014.]
Under the government’s proposals, the Safe Schools Coalition will continue, along with the current funding.
Most of the ‘Resources’ and much of the offensive material will remain, some in a different form after being ‘re-written’, and the ‘Resources’ will be placed on the Safe Schools Hub instead of on the Safe Schools Coalition website. But, as we noted last week, including this program on the Safe Schools Hub undermines the good work on ‘anti-bullying’ initiatives promoted by the National Safe Schools Framework and the Safe Schools Hub.
Ros Phillips asked, “Who will re-write the program?”
Ros Phillips, research officer for FamilyVoice Australia, has warmly welcomed Education Minister Birmingham’s admission that the controversial “Safe Schools” program is flawed, saying it is a victory for Australian parents.
But she says much will depend on who is chosen to fix the problem. “Will it be academics with the same ideology as the bullies who trashed Senator Bernardi’s office?”
FAVA Media Release
Some of the politicians who called for a parliamentary Inquiry and the suspension of funding, have said they are happy with the government’s response – George Christensen told the ABC, “We're gutting most of the bad content. We're not going to have students exposed to websites that take them off to adult shops or to groups that are running sex toy workshops for youth and that sort of thing.
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