Divided we fall

You’re likely to have missed the article ‘I am Labor and I oppose Safe Schools’ by senior Labor politician Greg Donnelly when it was printed in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on 26 November last year.

As you can imagine, Donnelly got called lots of horrible names by a small group of people in response to what he wrote.

So, what brought a respected Labor politician to stick his neck out in opposition to a schools’ program that WA’s Labor Party is endorsing and even encouraging? Let’s take a look…

First, Safe Schools has claimed to be an anti-bullying program. Labor leader Bill Shorten says as much on his website [1]. “Ripper!” we all cry. After all, no one likes bullying… Hold on. We then discover that Safe Schools co-founder, Roz Ward, is on the record (no, she has not been misrepresented) as saying “Safe Schools… [is] not about stopping bullying, [but] about gender and sexual diversity”. The YouTube clip [2] and its transcript spell it out really clearly.

“Hang on, Bill. You told us something different to the program’s founders! And now your WA man, Mark McGowan, is repeating your lie to us [3] by wanting to cut $1.4 million from WA students’ basic education to roll out unscientific gender ideology instead of providing more sports equipment, better facilities, more teachers or support for those with special needs.”

So how do we know when mainstream Labor is telling voters the truth?

Donnelly goes on in his article to say that “the ideologies behind the program are about as extreme as you can get”. That’s strong language, mate! Simply put, kids in our schools – few at present in WA, thankfully – but hundreds of thousands [4] elsewhere across Australia – are having precious teaching time taken up being told that “through exercising [their] will”, our children can “choose [their] sexuality and gender”. Sounds crazy? Of course it does.

We at All Kids Matter, a WA grass roots group of deeply concerned mums and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles as well as married and single people, share all of Donnelly’s concerns. Like him, we “object to the indoctrination of our children in public schools with these ideologies and passing the whole thing off as an anti-bullying program”. This Labor MP makes sense when he says that “the children in our schools are a captive audience”. He backs up his concerns with real and tangible examples. As parents, we have found heaps more. [5]

When a respected member of the Labor Party who sits on a committee that addresses State-wide social issues for children and young people screams ‘Danger!’, why do his Federal and State party leaders not only fail to listen but continue to further sugar-coat the dangers? That’s what McGowan is doing.

We at All Kids Matter are not politically biased. We deliberately reject any polly and any party that doesn’t take our kids’ lives and futures seriously and particularly those who knowingly lie to us from the outset. We are parents and are very serious about our kids’ futures.

So, for the sake of all kids in WA: think carefully – and vote wisely.


Labor-ing Nonsense

WA’s Labor leader, Mark McGowan, has promised that, if WA elects Labor to govern us, his party will cut a whopping $1.4 million dollars of from education (1) to spend on a program that encourages our kids to consider different sexual and gender identities and to explore a huge range of dangerous sexual behaviours. (If you think Labor is crazy, the Greens have committed to $32 million of Federal funding (2) over a four-year period to the same cause. No, we’re not making this up.)

A collection of programs (3) which together are called Safe Schools Coalition Australia (4) (best known as ‘Safe Schools’) will teach all our kids that “only [they] know whether [they] are a boy or a girl. No one can tell [them]” (5). Well, that quickly cancels out any difference of opinion from us as parents or even from doctors!

Although Labor wants to “ensure public secondary schools can participate in the Safe Schools program in Western Australia”, in other states this gender-bending education, which began in high schools, is now being taught and encouraged to children from aged 4 upwards. Do we want this for WA in a few years’ time?

All Kids Matter is not a political organisation. We are made up of grassroots mums and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles and others who care deeply about kids, their development and education. We will stand by our children whatever their struggles and we will love them through thick and thin. But the attention we want from our State government in our public schools is a solid education.

We don’t want $1.4 million of taxpayers’ money cut from education to indoctrinate the State’s kids with newly created and unscientific gender ideology during their formative years surrounding puberty, and especially not to eventually be introduced at the start of Primary school education. We want our hard earned taxes spent on providing basic materials like sports equipment so that our young people can be healthy, and on text books so they can learn to think for themselves and not be indoctrinated.

Labor and the Greens have shown their true colors. If these, or any other parties, want to be taken seriously when it comes to governing a State or Territory, then we advise they start by thinking about what the majority of voters ultimately work hard for and care most about – our kids.

We’re voting for those who are focused on what is best for kids’ futures, not for those who proudly endorse unscientific ideologies from minority groups. Why would pollies force this stuff onto our State’s amazing teachers who already have enough pressures teaching kids?

There are already some amazing anti-bullying programs in WA that treat all kids equally and with respect.

Your vote is not just about giving a political party a fair go over the next four years. We beg you: consider very, very carefully what our kids’ long-term welfare looks like here in WA. Four years of transgender education forms the thinking of every young mind, and often for a lifetime. We need to vote for common sense to prevail, not a rise of nonsense.

For the sake of all kids in WA: think carefully – and vote wisely.