One Nation NSW upper-house MP Mark Latham has introduced his Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill into the Parliament.
The Bill seeks to do two main things: to prohibit the teaching of “gender fluidity” in NSW schools; and to require all instruction on matters of “parental primacy” be “strictly non-ideological”. It also seeks to allow parents to object to their child receiving any instruction in matters of “parental primacy” and to require schools to consult parents about any instruction in relation to such matters.
All approved teacher education courses would be required not to teach gender fluidity, and curriculum and teaching standards would be required not to allow for the teaching of gender fluidity.
“Gender fluidity” is defined as: “A belief there is a difference between biological sex (including people who are, by their chromosomes, male or female but are born with disorders of sexual differentiation) and human gender and that human gender is socially constructed rather being equivalent to a person’s biological sex.”
Matters of “parental primacy” are defined as: “Moral and ethical standards, political and social values, and matters of personal wellbeing and identity including gender and sexuality.”
The Bill is at present before the Education Committee for inquiry. The National Civic Council (NCC) and the Australian Family Association (AFA) has made in a substantial joint Submission to the Inquiry. The main thrust of the Submission is about the nature of gender fluid theory, which is reason enough to ban teaching of it in schools to children and young people.
Gender fluidity is a core element of queer theory, embracing all that is not normative. Gender fluidity is an unscientific, highly contested social theory. Because it has a legal and political agenda to transform society radically so as to regard sex/gender as fluid, it morphs into an ideology. This ideology aims to use laws to reshape society, particularly through reshaping the school curriculum.
This ideology has shaped anti-discrimination laws, births, deaths and marriages registration acts and other laws, making a person’s gender identity a protected attribute bestowing rights, privileges, protections and access to services. For example, these laws have given natal males who identify as female access to female sports, toilets, showers and change rooms.
Gender fluid ideology:
Is heavily focused on influencing the education system to teach children that sex/gender identity is fluid, changeable.
Has led to the education system supporting children to socially and medically transition.
Pushes for changes to the curriculum and education department policy to include gender fluid teaching in the guise of anti‐bullying programs.
Advocates giving minors – who cannot join the army, drink alcohol or drive a car – the final say in choosing experimental, life-changing medical transitioning treatments.
Advocates for laws to make it a case of “domestic violence” for parents to counsel their gender-confused child to “wait and see” until they are adults before deciding to undertake experimental, life-changing medical transitioning treatments.
Aims to cancel the right of parents to determine the education of their children in accordance with their values.
Aims at criminalising any form of “wait and see” counselling of gender-confused children by medical practitioners, misnaming this form of counselling as “conversion therapy”.
Surveys show the vast majority of Australians oppose children being taught this highly contested ideology.
A 2016 poll conducted by the Sexton Marketing Group for the National Civic Council randomly sampled 2,500 adults to determine what Australians thought of gender fluid theory being taught in schools. The results demonstrated remarkably consistent opposition to teaching gender fluidity in schools among Labor, Liberal and Greens voters representing a broad spectrum of political and societal values. You can see the results of the poll on page 6 of the NCC/AFA Submission.
A May 2020 poll of 3,842 Australians by the organisation Binary on the teaching of gender fluidity in schools, found that 88 per cent of Coalition supporters and 72 per cent of Labor agreed that parents should have the right to know what is being taught and to pull their children out of such classes.
he Submission examines at some length the origins of gender fluid theory and how it is connected to queer theory. These have become intertwined theories opposing the biological worldview and, once adopted in laws, trans/queer programs have been heavily funded by federal and state government health, community and education departments.
Hence the importance of the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill, which would remedy at least two of the serious consequences of queer/gender fluid theory. First, it would stop the undermining of parental rights by the promotion of child agency in schools: that is, idea that the child can make his/her own sexual decisions independently of his/her parents. And second, it would prohibit school curriculum and teacher training including gender fluid theory.
The Bill would also ensure that the state respected the liberty of parents to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions as required by Article 18(4) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, and would protect the state education system from political and social activism and ideologies.
Mr Latham addressed the recent Victorian AFA Annual General Meeting in late March and spoke about the reasons for introducing the Bill and its purpose. He is to be commended for doing exactly what conservatives in Parliament urgently need to be doing: introducing much-needed policies and legislation to preserve fundamental values.
After all that is how the “progressives” have advanced their agenda for decades and have slowly but surely succeeded in enshrining their views into law. We need to do the same.
Biological and transgender worldviews are mutually exclusive, by Patrick J. Byrne, August 24, 2019
The pied pipers of gender dysphoria, by Dr John Whitehall, July 1, 2017
In trans Newspeak, parental consent is a ‘hurdle’, by Terri M. Kelleher, January 25, 2020
Latham bill seeks protections for freedom of speech and religion, by Terri M. Kelleher, June 18, 2020