Barnaby Joyce says Australia’s mums and dads would not be happy with the ‘social entrepreneurship’ of the Safe Schools Coalition program
The Australian said Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has “voiced his opposition to an $8 million taxpayer-funded program that teaches children as young as 11 about sexual orientation and transgender issues”.
WA Today columnist Karalee Katsambanis said “As an Australian parent-of-three, I believe that I should be allowed to choose the 'when', 'where' and 'how' I talk to my children about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) issues - NOT schools and NOT at 11 years old.”
FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips notes that Joyce and Katsambaris both object to the program’s teaching that gender is a ‘fluid’ concept, and that boys can use girls’ toilets if that’s how they feel.
“A new book, The Gender Fairy, promoted by the Safe Schools Coalition, tells kindergarten children exactly that,” she said. “Yet such ideas should not be promoted at any age – let alone three or four year olds – since up to 80% of children with transgender feelings spontaneously lose them down the track.”
The articles follow last week’s presentation of an open letter signed by 14,100 Australians to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The signatories said they deplored bullying – but the Safe Schools Coalition program ignores the most common forms (based on appearance, ability, ethnicity) and has actually led to the bullying of students who do not support the program’s political agenda. The signatories asked Mr Turnbull to cancel funding for the Safe Schools Coalition program and instead support programs that address all forms of bullying.
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