New South Wales: Schools

Senator BERNARDI (South Australia) (12:19): I move: That the Senate—(a) notes:

   (i) reports that the New South Wales Government has determined that it will abandon the ‘Crossroads’ program in school Years 11 and 12, due to its radical theories about gender and sexuality, and

   (ii) the program will be replaced by teaching those students life skills, such as driving a car, managing their finances and improving their mental health; and

(b) commends the New South Wales Government for taking these steps.

Senator McGRATH (Queensland—Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (12:19): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government has consulted the New South Wales government on this issue and welcomes the decision by the Minister for Education, Minister Rob Stokes, to accept Emeritus Professor Bill Louden’s recommendations regarding the sex education elements of Crossroads. We also note that other components of the Crossroads program such as drugs education, safe driving and life skills will continue to be taught.

Chamber Senate on 16/11/2017 Item MOTIONS /Transcript Parliment of Australia Website Used for Reporting News