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Safe Schools: Education Minister Simon Birmingham says students struggling with sexual identity need support

The ABC’s Brigid Andersen reports (1.3.16) on federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, declaring he agreed with the objectives of the Safe Schools program in supporting LGBTI school students. This comes as former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, added his voice to calls from the right of politics for the program to be axed.

‘Education Minister Simon Birmingham says there should be school support for students struggling with sexual identity, despite announcing a review into the controversial Safe Schools program.

‘The taxpayer-funded program aimed at helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI) school students has been labelled “radical” and likened to child grooming by paedophiles by some Coalition MPs.

‘But Senator Birmingham told Lateline he thought the objectives of the program were sound.

‘”I’ve been pretty clear for some time now that I think the objectives of the program are good, sound objectives,” he said.

‘… Former prime minister Tony Abbott is the latest politician to criticise the program, calling for its funding to be axed.

‘”It’s not an anti-bullying program, it’s a social engineering program,” he said.’

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