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WATCH VIDEO: MPs sign petition to cut Safe Schools funding

Christensen VideoConservative Nationals MP George Christensen says a majority of coalition backbench MPs have signed a petition for the Safe Schools program to be defunded.

Mr Christensen told Sky News there were ‘a few pages’ of signatures and he expected to collect more.

‘I am going to ask the prime minister…to suspend the funding for that program pending the outcome of that review,’ he said.

Mr Christensen earlier accused the program of being linked to a paedophilia advocate.

The anti-bullying program run in primary schools to educate children on gender and sexuality diversity has been criticised by conservative backbenchers including Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi who says the program pushes a political agenda.

The review was undertaken at the request of the Education Minister Simon Birmingham and on Tuesday night concerned backbenchers were given a briefing.

Mr Christensen used parliamentary privilege on Wednesday to name Gary Dowsett, the deputy director of La Trobe University’s Sex, Health and Society section of being behind the anti-bullying program.

‘I think it would shock many parents to know that a paedophilia advocate is overseeing the organisation that came up with the Safe Schools program,’ he told parliament on Wednesday.

When contacted by AAP Mr Dowsett said: ‘I really don’t want to comment about him.

‘I will leave that to other people at this point to comment. There might be other people who might want to comment.’

Mr Dowsett said he had yet to hear all of what Mr Christensen said in a 90 second statement to parliament.

The MP referred to an article allegedly written by Mr Dowsett from the journal Gay Information to accuse him of being ‘a long-time advocate of intergenerational sex, otherwise known as paedophilia’.

‘He says ‘how different then is the gentle, tentative sexuality between parent and child from the love of a paedophile and his or her lover. That kind of love, warmth and nurture is an important part of the paedophilic relationship’,’ the backbencher said.

One Liberal MP who spoke to Sky News says the review which is a ‘stitch up’ and compared the Safe Schools program to a gateway drug that would encourage people to experiment with gender and seuxality.

Senator Eric Abetz told reporters on Wednesday the program has more to do with pushing an agenda than it does anti-bullying.

Greens Senator Robert Simms called the review pointless, saying ‘now we’ve got coalition MPs throwing a tantrum because they don’t like the outcome.’

Coalition frontbencher Josh Frydenberg says the education minister had acted appropriately by launching the review to address the concerns but acknowledged the passionate views among his colleagues on the issue.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says the review should never have been called in the first place and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to show leadership on the issue.

‘Does he back his education or does he back the lunar right of the Liberal Party?

‘Is he going to back kids and teachers or is he going to back the senators of the right wing of the Liberal Party?’ Mr Shorten said.

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