By Dan Flynn – ACL.
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment with the Victorian Government’s decision this week to vote against the rights of parents to choose the education they want for their children.
ACL Victorian Director Dan Flynn said the parliamentary motion, put forward by the Democratic Labour Party to ensure parents were properly consulted before controversial gender theory programs such as ‘Safe Schools’ and Respectful Relationships were imposed in schools, should have received unanimous support.
“Unfortunately, the Andrews Government joined with the Greens and the Sex Party to put itself at odds with the Liberal, National, Shooter and Fishers parties, independent MLC James Purcell and the DLP who all supported the motion,” Mr Flynn said.
“By not supporting the motion, which called on parliament to respect the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights that ‘parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children, the Government, Greens and the Sex Party appears to be digging in their heels, putting them on a collision course with concerned parents.
“In the lead up to the next state election, the Government is giving a clear signal that it favours extreme radical LBGT rainbow ideology over the rights of parents to have a say about their kids’ education.
“Unfortunately, the Victorian Government is going against the advice of an independent review commissioned by the Federal Government last year which said parents and parental groups should have the right to know when Safe Schools is being taught in schools.
Safe Schools teaches kids that their gender is fluid and a social construct and that no-one can tell a child whether they are a boy or girl based on biological science.”
“Parents are rightly concerned that the Victorian Government will make Safe Schools compulsory in all State secondary schools from 2018.
“The ACL calls on the Victorian Government to listen to parental concerns by scrapping both the Safe Schools and Respectful Relationships programs.”
Full motion below from DLP MLC Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins
DR CARLING-JENKINS — To move —
That this House —
(1) notes —
(a) the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Article 26(3) states that ‘parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children’;
(b) the Government has limited this right by failing to sufficiently consult parents in the implementation of the Safe Schools and Respectful Relationships programs in Victorian schools and early childhood education;
(c) imminent changes to home education regulations are being pursued without sufficient parental consultation;
(d) ongoing parental concerns with these programs and regulations as they roll out have largely been ignored;
(2) affirms —
(a) the rights of parents to freely choose their children’s education; and
(b) these rights should be supported and not inhibited by the State.