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Hart calls for urgent review of Safe Schools program
Member for Burleigh Michael Hart holds concerns for the appropriateness of a gender and sexual diversity program being made available to Queensland Schools.
The Safe Schools Coalition program purports to create a safe and inclusive environment for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.
While Mr Hart supports the intent of the program, which is to prevent bullying in schools related to gender and sexual orientation, he is troubled it has been hijacked by activists.
“Like Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Mander, I have serious concerns primary school aged children now have access to material that teaches adult concepts and no parental approval or notification is required,” said Mr Hart.
“Children across Queensland are being referred to the website of an organisation called Minus18, which provides details about concepts such as chest binding, penis tucking and cross dressing.
“I question the age-appropriateness of this material available and I call on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to urgently review the program and its availability in our schools.”
Twenty seven (27) schools across Queensland have now signed onto the program, including 10 with primary school aged children, the LNP is working to make sure our schools provide children with age-appropriate information that has the support of parents.
[ENDS] 18 FEBRUARY 2016