Safe Schools advocates call for School Chaplaincy program to be investigated
LGBT advocates are calling into question the funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a review of Safe Schools.
The Safe Schools Coalition has received 8 million in funding over the past four years compared with $243 million in funding promised to the National School Chaplaincy Program.
In arguing against the Safe Schools Program, Senator Cory Bernardi has suggested the program indoctrinates students and forces a gay agenda.
“Schools should be places of learning- not indoctrination," Bernardi says.
Now supporters of Safe Schools are calling into question the funding of the NSCP.
Says Greens Senator Robert Simms:
“It’s interesting that Senator Bernardi has said the Safe Schools Coalition is pushing propaganda and a particular ideological position within our schools. The only organisation doing that is the chaplains program funded by the government.”
The Greens will instigate a Senate Inquiry into homophobia and transphobia today.
"Rather than targeting a program designed to help LGBTI young people and their families, the government should be focusing its efforts on the broader issue of combating bullying and transphobia in schools,” Simms said.
"Opposition to the Safe Schools Coalition seems to be based on the absurd idea that simply by talking about differences in sexuality or gender identity you're going to recruit people," he said in a statement. "Anyone with the most basic understanding of human sexuality knows how ridiculous that is."