MP slams perversity of
Safe Schools program
by George Christensen
speech by the Nationals Deputy Whip, Mr George Christensen, is reprinted
from the House of Representatives Hansard, 25 February 2016. Since it was
given, the Turnbull Liberal Government has made some helpful modifications to
the worst parts of the Safe Schools program and has not committed to fund it
beyond next year; Bill Shorten and Labor have pledged to support the original
program if elected to government; the Greens have pledged more money to promote
the program as much as possible; and the Victorian Labor Government has
provided internet access to the unamended program to spite the federal
government and parents and Christians.
I rise as a voice for the thousands of parents who
have been shocked when they discovered how the ironically named Safe Schools
program is indoctrinating their children. When those parents consider just how
unsafe this program is, they will wonder why the federal government is allowing
it to be implemented in schools, much less spending $8 million of taxpayer
money to fund it.
things that the Safe Schools Coalition Australia are recommending to school
students include pornographic web content, sex shops, adult online communities
and sex clubs. The Safe Schools “All of Us” teaching resource directs students
to the LGBT organisation Twenty10. On 19 January this year, Twenty10 hosted a
hands-on workshop for youth on sex toys and sadomasochistic practices. All of
Us also directs students to the website of the LGBT youth organisation Minus18,
which produced most of the Safe Schools resources. Minus18 advised the students
on chest binding, penis tucking, sex toys and sex advice such as
“penis-in-vagina sex is not the only sex and certainly not the ultimate sex”.
links to The Tool Shed—an online pornographic sex shop offering a range of sex
toys, sadomasochistic items and pornography. Minus18 recommends Scarleteen—a
teen sex advice site that promotes group sex, sex toys and sadomasochism.
Minus18 is an event partner with Melbourne gay bar the GH Hotel, which features
erotic homosexual entertainment.
Schools recommends the transgender organisation Seahorse Club Victoria, which
in turn recommends the Abode fetish club. Abode is located at the same address
as The Parlour Lounge sex club, which provides sadomasochistic entertainment
and rooms for sex.
Schools is funded via the Foundation for Young Australians, whose partner
agencies implement the Safe Schools program. New South Wales partner Family
Planning NSW offers detailed information on oral sex. Tasmanian partner Working
It Out recommends YouTube channels featuring such things as “Gay guy sees first
transgender vagina” and “Anal for FTMs”.
links to sexually explicit web content and external organisations of an adult
or erotic nature raise serious concerns about child safety. Further, Safe
Schools provides instructions to children on how to hide their internet
browsing history. It advises them to ask for restricted websites that are
blocked at school—and would be blocked at home—to be unblocked by their
teachers without parental knowledge.
parents knew their children were being exposed to this type of material, they
would probably not let them go to school. If someone proposed exposing a child
to this material, the parents would probably call the police because it sounds
a lot like the grooming work that a sexual predator might undertake. Child and
Adolescent Sexual Assault Counselling Incorporated is a New South Wales peak
body for child sexual assault counselling. This is how that body describes the
process of grooming:
of the relationship through conversation and exposure of the child to sexual
material such as images; taking undue interest in the child’s sexual
development; assuring the child of the rightness of what they are doing;
telling the child the acts will not hurt them; alienating the child from their
parents and family so that they do not feel close to them; and shaping the
child’s sexual preferences and manipulating what the child finds exciting.
all sounds very familiar. The Safe Schools program focuses heavily on child and
teenage sexual activity and sexual attractions; justifies almost any sexual
activity; diminishes possible risks and harms; encourages young people to hide
their activities from their parents; and provides links to adult sex clubs,
adult online communities and sex shops. What is more, the program portrays all
of this as normal and wraps it up in a taxpayer funded package and calls it an
anti-bullying campaign. The Safe Schools program is in fact an unsafe schools
program and it leaves students open to being groomed on websites advertising
adult sex venues.
commend the government for undertaking a review of this program and I call on
schools using this program to immediately suspend it pending the outcome of
that review. I urge all members of this House, particularly those with young
children, to take a close look at what Safe Schools is delivering. I seek leave
to table two documents—a diagram and an explanatory sheet illustrating the
external links of the Safe Schools campaign.
this election, do not support the parties—the ALP and the Greens—who strongly
support Safe Schools.
2. Regardless of who forms government, write to the
Prime Minister and/or your federal members urging them to cease all funding for
the Safe Schools program.