The Australian, Rachel Baxendale
Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi says same-sex marriage is a “rainbow Trojan horse” for radical Safe-Schools-style gender and sexuality education programs.
Defending a Coalition for Marriage advertisement released yesterday that features three mothers discussing their fears should same sex-marriage become legal following the Turnbull government’s postal survey on the issue, Senator Bernardi said the ad highlighted “reasonable concerns” for parents.
“We tried to put a stop to (Safe Schools) because of the perversion that’s going on in some of these areas, but what we’ve seen internationally and you’ve seen it in Canada and in England, where same-sex marriage has been legalised, parents haven’t been able to withdraw their students or their children from these sorts of programs, and that’s why they’re compulsory,” he told Sky news.
“We’ve seen it in a Jewish school in England which didn’t pursue this gender ideology or this gender education that the Safe Schools represents, and they were compelled to put it in there, so these are reasonable concerns for parents.
“They go, ‘why do I want my 11-year-old to imagine that they’re in a same-sex relationship?’”
Senator Bernardi said conservatives had “belled the cat” with Safe Schools founder Roz Ward and the “Marxist agenda” coming out of Victoria’s La Trobe University, where Safe Schools was developed.
“It was installed by the Labor government, funded by the Liberal government, the minister, successive ministers said there’s nothing wrong with it, and we had to continually say there is a problem here,” he said.
“Parents hate this and they know that it is like a rainbow Trojan horse, if I can tell you. Same-sex marriage is a rainbow Trojan horse for getting these things compulsorily in schools.”
Senator Bernardi said he believed there would be a larger No vote than many in the media were predicting.
“I think there’s been a massive pile-on, and the bullying through the media and sections of the lobby that are advocating for marriage to change,” he said.
“You saw that yesterday. The Coalition for Marriage advertisement was entirely factually correct. Entirely. And what happened? You get the big media pile-on saying how terrible it is. You get (Opposition Leader) Bill Shorten dismissing it, you have (Education Minister) Simon Birmingham saying it’s nonsensical, but these are the same people who defended that Safe Schools agenda.”
Senator Bernardi said more attention should be given to literacy and numeracy in schools.
“Our literacy and numeracy standards in this country are plummeting to billyo,” he said.
“They’re throwing billions of dollars into education with no genuine outcomes, and they seem to be focused on this sort of nonsense in schools.
“It would be better if they taught the kids how to read and write so that when they graduate they’ve actually got Year Twelve standard literacy and numeracy rather than Year Eight standard which is what one university lecturer told me the other day.”