South Australian Liberals vow to scrap version of Safe Schools if they...

South Australian Liberals vow to scrap version of Safe Schools if they win election

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Two months from election, Liberals promise more comprehensive approach to bullying

Liberal policy to scrap safe schools program backed by Australian Conservatives.






Liberal policy to scrap safe schools program backed by Australian Conservatives.
Photograph: Jonny Weeks for the Guardian

South Australia’s version of the Safe Schools program will be scrapped if the opposition wins the March state election.

The Liberals’ education spokesman, John Gardner, said the current program did not address bullying for reasons unrelated to gender or sexuality and the opposition’s plan would take a more comprehensive approach and tackle online bullying.

“More than one in four students in Australia in years 4 to 9 are bullied every few weeks or more, a sad and unacceptable statistic,” Gardner said.

The proposed policy has the backing of the Australian Conservatives with its SA leader, Dennis Hood, saying the party would prioritise any legislation after the election.

“We congratulate them on coming out strong in support of this and we congratulate them for adopting a similar stance to what we have been calling for in regards to scrapping the Safe Schools program,” Hood said.

The Safe Schools program is designed to reduce bullying of LGBTIQ students and provide training for school staff on homophobic and transphobic abuse.



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