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An open letter to the Prime Minister of Australia

March 20, 2016

This is an excellent piece…

6 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2016 1:40 pm

    Ashamed! Angry! What Sadness! And Strength!

    Very Powerful Writing!

    Thanks to Mike Cullen for sharing and sreb for re-blogging.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2016 1:41 pm

    and g’day deknarf!

  3. March 20, 2016 2:12 pm

    This is also good…

    But when I look at Turnbull’s actions I also see the muted bigotry of a teacher who, while sympathising with you, can’t quite bring themselves to discipline the bully.

    The changes to Safe Schools proposed by Simon Birmingham last Friday may seem reasonable to someone who isn’t queer. But that’s the point: these are the kind of actions taken by people who care about LGBT people but have never considered what homophobia or transphobia might feel like.

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  4. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2016 3:28 pm

    I do not think Malcolm Turnbull is a homophobe. In the smiling photos of him and Lucy at the recent Mardi Gras he seemed relaxed. Too relaxed. We’re glad you aren’t Tony Abbott, but merely being unbigoted isn’t leadership.

    Anti-bullying education involves telling all children that they must not be a bystander. The Prime Minister should heed that lesson. He must stand up to the ignorant elements of his own party and ensure that every child feels safe in our schools.Daniel Swain

    But who’s more guilty a homophobic Puppet Master or the Puppet pretender playing emperor …

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  6. Heterodox Notions permalink
    March 22, 2016 9:15 am

    “Education Minister Simon Birmingham recently announced changes to the scheme but is keeping it. Mr Abbott called on the Government to go further. “It is not about anti-bullying it is about social engineering now that we know exactly what this program is all about I think we should save ourselves the money and scrap the program,” he said.”

    Gee, I don’t know, Mr Abbott; the apparent seizure of leadership with respect to assuring a safe schools community for all, by all does seem a reasonably intensive exercise in lack of (duty of) care; especially, given that the alternative to ‘radical social engineering’ does seem to be a ‘default’ to ‘normal-ised social engineering’ which normally (re)produces (normalisation of) prejudice(s) and harm(s).

    Nevertheless, going a step or two further, as suggested, another ‘middle way’ mooted by Gillian Triggs could prove useful: continuous quality improvement(s) and impact review(s) of an ongoing safe schools program; and Rodney Croome‘s additional ‘middle way’ idea of program deepening mightn’t be too bad, either: further embedding general and specific inclusivity, safety, and wellbeing training(s) within professional development, either in-servicing or base teacher training, or both, so that more inclusivity/less exclusivity, more safety and wellbeing/less bullying becomes normal classroom and school (and community) practice.

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