Response to the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020

On 5 August 2020, One Nation put forward the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 (the Bill) for review. This Bill centres around the notion that all school curriculum, syllabuses, and courses of instruction must acknowledge that parents are primarily responsible for the teaching of social, political, and moral matters to their children. For this reason, the Bill specifically proposes that schools remove the teaching of gender fluidity from all levels of schooling, and that all teaching and non-teaching staff, including counsellors and external consultants, be prohibited from discussing gender fluidity with students. The Bill seeks to make it a condition of accreditation that teachers do not discuss gender fluidity with their students, and that accreditation be revoked should a teacher teach or discuss gender fluidity in school. Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) has been granted a deadline extension until Friday 5 March 2021 to submit a response to Portfolio Committee No. 3. WSCF has partnered with Blacktown Area Community Centres (BACC), Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections (LNC) and Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS) for this submission.

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