Sign Here: Stop Safe Schools Coalition Program in Victoria Now
The Victorian government thinks it knows best when it comes to children. The Premier Daniel Andrews and the Education Minister James Merlino are now forcing the implementation of the "Safe Schools" Coalition Program (SSCP) in Victorian schools without parental consent, despite a recent U-turn on the program from the federal government.
Immediate action needs to be taken to ensure that vulnerable children are protected and that parents are not pushed out of their right to be the first educators of their children.
All students deserve a safe school environment, there should be no tolerance for bullying of any kind. We all want our schools to be safe spaces for children to grow, learn about themselves and to flourish as confident and resilient individuals. The current SSCP is not the way to achieve it.
The SSCP was designed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia, a national coalition of organisations and schools to create safe and inclusive schools for students, families and staff who are same-sex attracted, intersex and/or so called "gender diverse". The Safe Schools program was designed to protect LGBTI school students from bullying and to educate teachers and school staff about LGBTI issues. The program, however, does more than this, it pursues and teaches opinions like:
- Gender is fluid and there is no such thing as physical/biological gender
- Sexual experimentation at a young age helps a child discover their "identity"
It also encourages children to explore controversial third party organisation links such as All of Us and Minus18 which among other things show children how to conceal information from their parents including their web browsing history.
Just how can SSCP promoters honestly state that this is protecting vulnerable children?
Following public outrage regarding serious revelations about the SSCP the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull commissioned a program review. Key changes were subsequently announced, including that federal government funding for the program would discontinue by the end of 2017.
Other recommendations included:
- Safe Schools will only be offered in high schools
- Parents will be required to give consent for their children to participate in the program
- Parenting bodies will have to authorise a school’s participation in the program
- Links to third party websites and branding will be removed from the program resources[i]
The Victoria Premier, however, said NO! Taking particular issue over ensuring parental consent he has outright dismissed the Federal government’s recommendations. The State Education Minister Merlino then pledged to fund and make compulsory the program "with or without federal government support".
The Victorian government is ignoring the reality that parents are their children's first teachers. This is a blatant failure to deny legal guardians looking out for the best interests of their children to be involved in such a significant aspect of their sexual and emotional development. In fact, the Victorian Government is ignoring the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which argues that parents are primarily responsible for their children's moral education[ii]
It should first and foremost be parents who decide when and how best to educate their young children about gender and sexual identity.
Please sign this petition now to encourage more of our State politicians to speak out on your behalf to stop the compulsory implementation of ‘Safe Schools’ in Victoria and give parents back their ability to provide guidance to their own children on these fundamental issues.
When you sign this petition, a note will be sent directly to representatives of the Victorian State government.
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[i]The results were conducted by the University of Western Australia’s Professor Bill Louden and published 18th March, 2015. The link to the full report is here:
[ii]Article 18.4 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that the State parties to the present covenant (which includes Australia) undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.
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Stop Safe Schools Coalition Program in Victoria Now