Mark Latham has released a comprehensive report related to the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020. As chair of the committee which received hundreds of submissions and several hearings, these recommendations are sensible and should be implemented as soon as possible.
The recommendations focus on the primacy of parental rights and the urgency of getting gender fluid indoctrination out of the education system.
The following is recommendation 8 which is wholly concerned with transgender students:
That the NSW Government update Bulletin 55: Transgender Students in Schools based on the following principles:
- The Safe Schools program and Gayby Baby movie are prohibited in NSW Government schools. Gender fluidity is not part of the NSW school curriculum and therefore, should not be taught or promoted, either in classrooms, teacher professional development, by external consultants, special school activities or through the distribution of material to teachers or students. This prohibition also applies to the teaching of gender as a 'social construct'.
- As with all school students, transgender students must be treated with care, compassion, dignity and inclusion, free from discrimination, harassment, vilification and violence. They must be able to access all school classes, services and activities.
- Schools cannot regard a student as transgender without regard to advice from medical experts and/or parents/guardians. Schools must always inform parents/guardians of relevant information and involve them at every stage of the decision making process.
- No school or school staff can withhold information from parents about the gender or gender transition of a student at the school, other than by a court order or acting with the advice of a government child protection agency.
- No student has the right or capacity to stop the school telling their parents information about their gender, where the school is obliged to do so.
- No student under the age of 18 can change their name at school (away from the name on their birth certificate) without the consent of both parents/guardians with whom they live. In the case of shared custody, the consent of both parents is required.
- Transgender students should be allowed to wear the school uniform of their choice and preference.
- In school sport, once students reach high school (Year 7) they should not compete outside of their biological gender. This policy recognises the strength advantages teenage boys develop over girls.
- Other than in circumstances of a full medical gender transition, students born biologically male shall not be allowed in female toilets, change rooms, dormitories and excursion accommodation; and vice versa for students born biologically female. Third options shall be made available for these students, such as administrative block toilets and change rooms.
- If schools establish, either on the initiative of teachers or students, groups involved with support and discussion of matters concerning gender and sexuality (such as LGBTIQIAP support groups), students under the age of 18 shall only participate following the granting of parental consent.
- For students aged under 18 years, school counsellors should not involve themselves in questions of gender fluidity and transition without prior reference to parents and any medical professionals advising the student and parents on this matter. Parents have the right to know if gender fluidity and transition are being discussed at school. School counsellors must liaise with parents and relevant medical professionals as much as possible.
- If a student has changed their gender, their parents shall be consulted about the best way of communicating this to the school community. Parents of other children in the same year group should be notified of the change, allowing them to talk to their children in advance.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, commended Mark Latham and the education committee.
“These recommendations are reasonable and achievable,” she said.
“The real challenge now is for the government to implement the recommendations.
“Parental rights must be paramount for the protection and safety of our children. Schools must be restored to institutions of education, not political indoctrination.”
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