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Why the ‘Safe’ Schools Coalition program is unsafe

FamilyVoice Australia 5 November 2015

Girls at this school were bullied after they supported natural marriage

FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips is encouraging state and federal MPs to investigate
parental concerns about the so-called safe Schools Coalition Australia program, now being rolled out in
schools across the nation at taxpayer expense ($8 million).
“More than 14,000 Australians from all states and territories have signed an open letter to the Prime
Minister asking him to cancel taxpayer funding for this program,” she said. “The letter includes full
references, explaining why school programs should address all forms of bullying.
“A Canadian survey found that children most commonly bullied include those whose appearance is different from
the norm (such as over- or under-weight, tall, short, red haired), whose school grades are high or low, or
who belong to a minority ethnic or religious group. Sexuality or gender identity is not even in the
top seven reasons why children are bullied.”
Ros Phillips said there are excellent anti-bullying programs such as RULER, CASSE Peaceful Schools or
Choose Respect that address all forms of bullying. “They are a proven success. They do not
promote misleading ideas. They do not cost $8 million,” she said. “They do not focus
only on one or two groups of vulnerable students, sending other groups a harmful message that their
suffering is not important.”
“The Safe Schools Coalition program has already provoked some students in Burwood Girls High School NSW to
bully others who, although they respect people with same-sex attractions, do not support the politics of
same-sex ‘marriage’”, she said. “The program has triggered bullying rather than preventing it.
It is counter-productive, and should be replaced.”

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