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.

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