Image: Demonstrator supporting Safe Schools [Source: Guardian Online]
If there’s only one article you ever read on the Safe Schools program — or one you want to share with friends, colleagues and family — this is the article.
Writing for the The Guardian Australia, Chris Bush responds to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s call to de-fund the program. A program, mind you, that was first given federal government funding while Abbott was prime minister.
Chris Bush is an educator and helped write the Safe Schools material — and he explains the history of how the program was formulated and what exactly is in the program, and why it is vital:
I was one of the authors of the program and I know exactly what it is. I also know how vital it is to the lives of young LGBTI students; if it had been around when I was at school it would have changed my life.
Image: Anti-gay campaigner and former Liberal Party MP Chris Miles. [Source: Fairfax Media]
On the back of the recent Say Yes fact check, we noticed something on the leaked anti-marriage-equality leaflet authorised by former Liberal Party MP Chris Miles.
It’s another claim that “married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children” and that such parents “minimise abuse and neglect of children”. The leaflet (see below) then cites a report to the US Congress by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Image: Excerpt from anti-gay leaflet authorised by Chris Miles. [Source: Fairfax Media]
And you guessed it: It’s the NIS-4 study being misused again. We recently sought comment from NIS-4 author Dr Andrea Sedlak, PhD, who was concerned about the research being misused in relation to LGBTI parenting and relationships.
And it’s not the first time that Chris Miles has authored and distributed an anti-gay leaflet!