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Good News on Safe Schools

Jun 2, 2016

A lot can happen in a week in the culture wars. The fight over the very unsafe Safe Schools program has certainly heated up, with a number of new developments. Just hours ago La Trobe University in Melbourne announced that it had suspended the radical activist behind the program, Roz Ward.

Now that is good news indeed. But let me provide some background as to how things led up to this point. Ward was the chief architect of the wretched Safe Schools program and had been going from strength to strength. He/she has been working at La Trobe’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.

Although the program was reviewed and found to be wanting by the Federal Government, the modifications made to it were rejected by Dan Andrews, Victorian Premier. He not only said he will keep the program just as is, but said it will be mandatory for all secondary schools from 2018 onwards.

ssc wardWorse yet, the Victorian government appointed him/her to a further role as an advisor to the Education Department as announced in the press on May 23. But four days later he/she was forced to resign after getting a bit too open and cocky about his/her radical Marxism and hatred of Australia:

Controversial Safe Schools Coalition co-ordinator Roz Ward has resigned from a Victorian government advisory role after The Australian discovered a Facebook post where she labelled the national flag “racist”. Ms Ward made a Facebook post on Tuesday after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews apologised to the gay community for past discrimination. The government hoisted a gay-pride rainbow flag on parliament house as part of the event. Ms Ward posted a photo of the rainbow flag on Facebook with the comment: ‘Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done’.

Others started to get quite antsy about Ward as well. Jeff Kennett, chairman of BeyondBlue, for example, threatened to pull their funding of the department. And La Trobe said it would investigate his/her radical public remarks. As to the former, one news report states:

One of the most influential backers of the Safe Schools program has threatened to withdraw future financial support, unless the founder of the program, hard-line Marxist Roz Ward, steps down over her comments denigrating the Australian flag.
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett yesterday called for Ms Ward to resign from the role, saying her “extreme political views” rendered her “ineligible to be involved in any program …. in schools”. Mr Kennett, whose charity has provided almost $600,000 over the past two years to La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, which administers the Safe Schools program in Victoria, added: “You don’t want extremists in there. Her behaviour and her statement clearly indicate a belief which goes well beyond the conditions of which I am prepared to have this subject taught in schools.”

As to the latter, we have just had the terrific news I mentioned above. The leftist magazine New Matilda began its story on this as follows:

Criticising the Australian flag will get you suspended from LaTrobe University. Chris Graham reports. Roz Ward – a respected Melbourne academic and one of the co-founders of the Safe Schools program – has been suspended from her job at La Trobe University this afternoon, over a private Facebook post which criticised the Australian flag as “racist”. Ms Ward, who has been at the centre of a News Corporation engineered media storm this week, was notified in writing this afternoon of her immediate suspension (with pay) from the university.
Fiona Reed, the Executive Director of Human Resources at LaTrobe accuses Ms Ward of breaching her employment conditions by embarrassing the university, causing the Victorian Government – a major funder of LaTrobe – to divert resources to defending Safe Schools, and of putting her colleagues at risk by creating an ‘unsafe’ environment.
Last week, under a photograph of the gay and lesbian flag flying above Victorian parliament, Ms Ward joked with a friend on Facebook: “Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.” The ‘red’ is a reference to the Marxist flag – in addition to her work with Safe Schools, Ms Ward is a prominent figure in Melbourne’s Marxist political movement….
This afternoon, Ms Ward was handed a letter by LaTrobe University, immediately suspending her from her job. Specifically, La Trobe claims Ms Ward’s conduct:
“a. … Undermined public confidence in the Safe Schools program by undermining public confidence in you as a researcher and as a person associated with the Safe Schools program.”
“b. … Damages the reputation of the Safe Schools program and aligns the Safe Schools program with views which have nothing to do with the program and its message and content.”
“c. … Has required members of the Victorian Government to take up their time in defending the Safe Schools program, rather than be positive advocates for the Safe Schools program.”
“d. … Has required senior staff at the University to take up their time in defending the Safe Schools program, rather than be positive advocates for the Safe Schools program or undertake other duties they have.”
“e. … drawn (your colleagues) into the negative publicity around Safe Schools and this has impacted on their ability to continue with their research in a safe environment.”

It seems that La Trobe is in damage control here big time. They know they are on big do do, but they don’t have the courage to fire him/her, which is what should have happened. So we have no idea how long this suspension will last before it is back to business as usual.

Indeed, it is not just Ward who should be dumped, but the entire lousy Safe Schools program as well. Columnist Miranda Devine has just written a piece on this very matter and is worth quoting from:

Jeff Kennett has to be kidding. The BeyondBlue chairman has called for the resignation of Roz Ward, the co-founder of the Safe Schools sexual indoctrination program. . . . Instead of trying to deflect anger onto an easy scapegoat, Kennett needs to explain to donors what due diligence was done on this donation. Not much, clearly. A brief Google search of the people and publications involved should have set off alarm bells for Kennett and fellow board members, including former prime minister Julia Gillard.
Kennett’s due diligence on behalf of vulnerable youth is put to shame by a group of mothers from inner-western Sydney’s Greek community. They are on the warpath against Safe Schools and similar radical sex education programs, and have set up a Facebook page and website titled: You’re Teaching our Children What? Sophie, one of 10 mothers involved, says they want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals but they have had an “overwhelmingly positive response” from parents. “I found out my son’s school was part of Safe Schools and I hadn’t been informed so we started looking at the program and all the gender theory behind it,” she said yesterday.
“None of it sat well with us. When you speak to (other mothers) they’re horrified, upset and feel they have no control … “It’s not an anti-bullying program … This program is about sexualisation of children and it’s not what our families believe in, and I don’t believe it is what most Australians believe in.”
Emails to the website have flooded in from parents anxious about Safe Schools and other sex programs taught without their knowledge. They say their children are being bullied and stigmatised by teachers for not conforming on issues such as same-sex marriage and gender and sexual fluidity.
One girl wrote to complain about her geography teacher’s advocacy of same-sex marriage: “I dreaded going to my geography lessons. If someone tries to say anything we get shut down and are labelled as bigots or haters … It makes me feel scared and uncomfortable”. One mother wrote that her children were shown a video during assembly before Wear It Purple Day: “My children … felt as if the video was promoting homosexual and transsexual lifestyles as desirable.”

Devine concludes:

State-sponsored sexualisation of children, in the form of Safe Schools, Building Respectful Relationships (BRR), and Start Early for preschoolers is not occurring by accident. It is a deliberate and systematic program of sexual indoctrination designed by university gender studies academics, and based on the anti-family theories of the architects of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and their later mutations.
It is being administered without parental consent, and is designed to revolutionise family relationships and transform the way children think about gender and heterosexual sex. But the sleeping giant of parental concern is beginning to stir.
In churches and schools in the inner west the Greek community has begun the backlash, and they’re making it an election issue. Vote Labor and you get Safe Schools, they say. The problem is that both major parties have allowed these sexualisation programs to infiltrate schools.
The Andrews government in Victoria is the most extreme proponent, but Safe Schools was launched by the Gillard government, funded and defended by the Abbott government, and continues with modifications under the Turnbull government.
And the Prime Minister’s wife Lucy Turnbull has become an ambassador for Our Watch, the organisation that is pushing the introduction of BRR in Victorian schools, in the guise of preventing domestic violence. No one has done the due diligence and our children are the losers.

Exactly right. Even former Labor leader Mark Latham has attacked the despicable program: “The more I research the BRR and Safe Schools programs, the more bewildered I am as to how Labor leaders like Bill Shorten and Daniel Andrews endorsed this rubbish.”

Ward has lost two positions now, at least temporarily. But the entire crumbling edifice of the cultural Marxist war on our children needs to come down. The sexualisation of our children is reprehensible, and those political leaders who have allowed this depravity to go on for so long have a lot to answer for.

newmatilda.com/2016/06/01/latrobe-suspends-safe-schools-co-founder-and-academic-roz-ward-for-criticising-racist-australian-flag/
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/jeff-kennett-safe-schools-funding-lost-if-roz-ward-stays/news-story/0aef42a2d0c918d5dc7450683b581f33
blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/mirandadevine/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/jeff_kennett_failure_to_play_it_safe/
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/from-reason-to-radicalism-gender-fluidity/news-story/832eb330f1e68c0af8ab37521dc402d7

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20 Responses to Good News on Safe Schools

  • https://www.scribd.com/doc/304946253/Gay-Information-Spring-1982#scribd

    Please read what the academic founder of safe School Gary Dowsett from Latrobe University wrote. ABC Says he allegedly wrote it but it’s on his pre George Chrisensen MP March 15th speech version as well as the current version. So the ABC is using the word allegedly to defend someone who admits he wrote this document.

    The Document by the “Safe Schools” founder says “THE GAY MUST SUPPORT THE PEDOPHILE”. And everything George Christensen MP said in Hansard that seems to have been redacted, or at least the link changed.

    Wow they have taken down his photo and his March 15th Resume too from Latrobe. The earlier versions were sent to Bill.

    http://www.latrobe.edu.au/she/staff/profile?uname=gwdowsett
    Wow they willingly took down his resume link and the google cache for it! COVER-UP!
    http://www.latrobe.edu.au/staff-profiles/data/docs/gwdowsett.pdf
    We’ll I can always re-host until they claim copyright.of their links to pro-pedophilia writings and confirm their professor really does love pedophilia 🙂
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/314488532/Garry-Dowsett-Latrobe-University-Censored-Resume

    Mr CHRISTENSEN (Dawson—The Nationals Deputy Whip) (13:50): The genesis, research, advocacy and ongoing support for the Safe Schools Program is run by La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. In fact, the Safe Schools Coalition is run out of that La Trobe centre. Research by the Australian Family Association raised concerns about the centre’s deputy director, Gary Dowsett, a long-time advocate of ‘intergenerational sex’, otherwise known as paedophilia. I refer to Dowsett’s article ‘Boiled lollies and band-aids’ from the journal Gay Information where he says: ‘How different then is that gentle, tentative sexuality between parent and child from the love of a paedophile and his or her lover? That kind of love, warmth, support and nurture is an important part of the paedophilic relationship.’ He argued in that journal article that paedophilia should be part of the gay movement and that it must be legally recognised and he depicted it as a part of a wider sexual liberation.

    From 2000 to 2002, Dowsett was on the Victorian government’s ministerial advisory committee on gay and lesbian health, putting him in a powerful position to advocate for the Victorian precursor program to Safe Schools. During the lead-up to Safe Schools receiving $8 million in taxpayer funds from Labor, Dowsett was the acting director of the La Trobe centre. I think it would shock many parents to know that a paedophilia advocate was overseeing the organisation that came up with the Safe Schools Program. Given this shocking information, it is imperative that all federal funding to Safe Schools be suspended immediately pending a full parliamentary inquiry. I seek leave to table Dowsett’s article.

    Leave not granted.

    Funny they blocked submitting this document he admits he writes on his resume to the Parliament eh?

  • This is not even a minor victory since the whole program is still up, and lets not forget the Early Childhood rubbish they are putting forward. Only a total eradication of both programs will suffice.

  • Dear Bill,

    The removal of Roz Ward from La Trobe could not have come sooner.

    One would hope the reputation of the University and it’s past and present students would count for something. I spent serious money on an MBA on 2004.

    Has the University degraded itself to a hot bed of marxist thought because that appears what La Trobe is now getting headlines for?

    I just wonder if the damage Ms or Mr Ward has done to the University and the lack of action by the Senior Management of the University means my Masters is worth the paper it’s written on.

    Not Happy Roz

    regards
    Philip

  • Good post, Bill. May I suggest that everyone who is on Facebook like the page https://www.facebook.com/youreteachingourchildrenwhat/?fref=ts and invite their friends to do so as well. We need to fight back even more.

  • I am very grateful for this one Bill. I have rellies who need to know about those great Western Sydney Greek Mothers in action. And the possibly imminent (?) sacking of Roz Ward and the propedophile Dowsetts’ doings.

  • This is priceless! I find it ironic (even laughable) that the Marxists, transgenders and Safe School proponents are now battling each other! I immediately thought of that event in 2 Chronicles 20: The people of Judah, under King Jehoshaphat, were being attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites.

    A prophetic word was given to Jehoshaphat, saying “Do not be afraid or discouraged by this vast army, for the battle is not yours but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm, and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.”

    So what did the people of Judah do? Rather than sharpening their swords and spears in preparation to fight, they started to sing and praise the Lord. And as a result, He caused the Ammonites and Moabites to destroy each other.

    And this is what can happen when we trust God rather than bemoaning the fact that our society is being torn apart from within. As we turn to God in praise and prayer, He will do the rest. Our job is not to fight the ‘enemy’ directly. God will overcome evil as our eyes remain on Him. And often He does this by causing one form of evil to rise up against another – and so both are destroyed.

  • Unfortunately, the Herald Sun is reporting that they (La Trobe Uni) have reversed their decision after receiving legal threats. Seems yet again freedom of speech only goes one way.

  • Thanks Craig. Yes they have backtracked and wimped out big time:

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/

  • Well let’s hand it over to God and allow Him to have the last say! Just because the decision to have RossRoz reinstated was made under pressure by La Trobe Uni (what a cop out!), doesn’t mean that’s the end of the story!

  • Very dissappointed, Bill.

    It is now acceptable for Academics to publicly denigrate the National Flag and there are no consequences. Respect and decency for others and for things we hold near and dear is a only applicable when it suits their interests and agenda.

    As my friend at work says – “The left will not take a principled position on anything.”

    God Bless, Phil

  • Had Ward’s comments been about the pseudo-rainbow flag of the sodomy movement, the Ward person would have been excoriated, and never re-employed at La Trobe or anywhere else.

  • The Hansard for George Christensen MP on 16th March 2016 is still online (p. 3313). Good on him!

  • It is unbelievable and frightening that our national leaders have so readily accepted these radical and life destroying policies. Is it because they see votes coming to them through this acceptance or are they frightened and unwilling to stand up for our children. Shame on them.

  • Not unrelated, but I came across some quotations which also prove that the homosexual lobby isn’t really interested in Safe Schools or “Marriage Equality” but purely see such institutions as a means to an end- the end being the Judeo-Christian society which has given hundreds of years of progress and prosperity.
    Lesbian activist Paula Ettelbrick,commenting on Same Sex Marriage put it this way:
    “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. … Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society. … As a lesbian, I am fundamentally different from non-lesbian women. … In arguing for the right to legal marriage, lesbians and gay men would be forced to claim that we are just like heterosexual couples, have the same goals and purposes, and vow to structure our lives similarly. … We must keep our eyes on the goals of providing true alternatives to marriage and of radically reordering society’s views of reality.”
    American homosexual activist Michelangelo Signorile makes similar remarks, urging activists to:
    “… fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution that as it now stands keeps us down. The most subversive action lesbians and gay men can undertake – and one that would perhaps benefit society – is to transform the notion of “family” entirely.”

  • Philip Brown, as understandable as your disappointment is, the reinstatement of this person after threats is a case in point that evil is cowardly and sin makes you stupid and this apparent victory for evil won’t last.
    It is amazing and comforting to consider from what corner of the ideological landscape God draws his defence. I am a very patriotic Australian, but my first allegiance belongs to the kingdom of God. Therefore I get a bit disappointed and sad when it takes patriotic issues to trump what should have been nipped in the bud on its own ground, namely the wrong the safe schools programme contains. It is almost like God has to get in the back door because we are too asleep to open the front door for him. It is similar to what I have noticed is now waking Christians up re ssm. While I am glad they are waking up it saddens me that it is the threat over freedom of speech that makes them now stand up against ssm, not the wrong contained in ssm itself. Anyway, God will have His way and I rejoice. And go those Greek mamas. 🙂
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • Philip Impey, thanks for those quotes by Paula Ettelbrick and Michelangelo Signorile, which give a clearer picture of the radical homosexual and ‘gay rights’ agenda. And yes, looking at it this way, their aim IS the transformation of society. In response, may we as Christians be prepared to rise up and claim our nation for God!

  • Ursula, you make an excellent argument for the recognition of the inherent evil in both the safe schools program and same sex marriage. May we always keep our eyes on the primary root of evil rather than becoming distracted by the ways in which it affects us. Of course as humans, we naturally respond most readily to those things that seem to affect us directly – and yet God would have us be passionate about righteousness for its own sake.

  • Now the legislature in the US can pass laws to deny reality.
    This is the stuff which existed in the Roman Empire prior to its fall. Next thing you know they’ll make a horse a Senator.
    This state now outlaws biological sex- they deny DNA.
    “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts jumped on the transgender bathroom bandwagon Wednesday when its House of Representatives voted 116-36 to move forward with a bill that legally replaces the concept of biological sex with that of gender identity.”

    The “Gender Identity Public Accommodations Bill,” or H.4343, seeks to further push for transgender “anti-discrimination” laws in three separate parts.
    First, it would amend multiple areas of Massachusetts law to replace the word “sex,” with “gender identity.” Secondly, it would mandate that “[a]ny public accommodation…shall grant all persons admission to and the full enjoyment of such public accommodation or other entity consistent with the person’s gender identity,” while finally ordering the the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to amend rules and policies to comply with the redefinition of sex to gender identity.
    “We are doing the work the founders of our nation intended for us to do,” said co-sponsor Byron Rushing of the bill prior to its passage. “This is a great day for us and we should be very proud.”
    “This legislation takes rights away from 99.9% of the population,” said Rep. James Lyons of Andover (R), who voted against the measure. “Every parent that I have spoken with including a parent of a transgender child understands that this bill eliminates long held expectation of privacy and protection for children.”
    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/massachusetts-house-overwhelmingly-passes-bill-legally-abolishing-biological-sex#sthash.utv8pzA8.dpuf

  • Hi
    Is it legal for a secular government to teach an ideology or religion to our kids, safe schools is doing that, it is actually forcing a belief system onto minors, it is forcing people to agree that one can believe you are a certain gender, is that not a moral belief and faith system – i.e a religion of the amoral. Religious education was banned by isn’t safe schools, at least with religious education people could opt out.

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