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Malcolm Turnbull Seeking A Review Of The Safe Schools Program.

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MPs' concerns about the Safe Schools program should be taken seriously, Malcolm Turnbull says.

Malcolm Turnbull says he is acting responsibly by seeking a review of the Safe Schools program.

Some coalition MPs have been critical of the anti-bullying program, saying it includes material that's extreme and aimed at sexualising children.

"I've asked the minister to examine the complaints and to report back to me - that is the responsible thing that any prime minister should do," Mr Turnbull told parliament on Tuesday

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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 30, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Students to obtain parental permission

Before they can attend the Safe School LGBT classes.

A Queensland lobby group for LGBTIQ students says the changes demanded by the Federal Government to the Safe Schools Coalition program represent “a huge step backwards for young people in Australia”.

Janet Berry, chair of the Queensland Action Group for LGBIQ+ Students, said the group was about to write to the Premier asking her to express support for the existing program.

Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and inclusive school environments for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

Safe Schools Coalition offers professional development, resources and support to equip staff and students with skills, practical ideas and the confidence to ensure schools are safe and inclusive.

Funded jointly by federal and state governments, the Federal Government has now tied its funding to program cut-backs, including its withdrawal from primary schools and making it necessary for students to obtain parental permission before they can attend the program's classes.

This is despite an independent review that expressed support for the program.

In Victoria, Education Minister James Merlino dismissed the Federal Government’s response to the review and said the program would continue in Victoria unchanged and state-funded.

Berry said support from the Queensland Government must include funding to demonstrate its commitment to the LGBTI community.

“They should step up to the mark and continue this program in Queensland,” Berry said.

Berry, who is also a member of PFLAG, said the Federal Government’s actions were creating "a lot of hurt" for students and parents, singling out the requirement for parental consent.

“If you require parental support for children to take part in the program, you’re assuming the parents are supporting the children. We know that in many cases that they don’t. So these children are not receiving support at home and if they’re not receiving support at school they’re likely to leave home and drop out of education.”

She said if the program were withdrawn from primary schools, those children who were confronting their gender and sexual identities in pre-pubescence would suffer.

Education Kate Jones has expressed support for the Safe Schools Coalition program:

“In response to requests from teachers and principals, we made an election commitment to make the Safe Schools Coalition’s resources available to school principals to help support students,” Jones said.

Member for Mount Cooth-tha Steven Miles encourages Queenslanders who want their schools to be free from bullying to sign an online petition which expresses support for the Safe Schools Program. The petition can be signed here

Equal Love is planning a Safe Schools Rally on April 2, more info here.

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