A former member of the Newman government has branded groundbreaking new LGBTI-friendly school guidelines soon to be released by the Queensland Department of Education as “sickening” and “rubbish”.
Education Queensland is preparing to release a historic policy that will ask schools across the state to consider the specific needs of LGBTI students, with a specific focus on transgender and intersex children – a first for the state.
Elements of the policy include providing students with ‘gender neutral’ uniform options, supportive sporting considerations, toilet and change room facilities. These changes have been prompted by a recent case involving a nine-year-old transgender student who was forced to only use a disabled toilet and a subsequent lawsuit threatened by her parents.
“To supplement these policies, the department is developing guidelines to provide principals and school staff with practical information to help ensure the respectful treatment of all students, including same sex-attracted, transgender or inter-sex students,” Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek told News Limited.
“Self-identity can be very challenging for young people, particularly for our most vulnerable students,”
“This policy will see Queensland schools better able to support and nurture vulnerable students.”
Despite Langbroek stating that these guidelines would be applied and looked at on a school-by-school basis and would not be state-wide policy, it didn’t take long for a controversial detractor to voice his opinion.
Independent/Ex-LNP MP for Redcliffe Scott Driscoll (pictured) – who has been a thorn in the side of the Newman government after facing accusations of corruption, sexual harassment, fraud and missing numerous sitting days of Parliament– has expressed his clear disdain for the inclusive policies.
In a statement, Driscoll labelled the measures as a “sickening volley of political correctness” which “has just been coughed up on a foot path outside a Queensland state school near you”.
“No doubt like tens of thousands of other Queenslanders this morning, as news came through of this new ‘Big Brother’ approach to education in Queensland where each child will be dressed in an old potato sack for fear they may be accidentally identified as a girl or a boy, I too had my fair share of corn flakes unintentionally spray from my mouth across the breakfast table, when I heard this outrageous news,” Driscoll said.
The MP also claimed that the policies were “an exercise in brainwashing our vulnerable young people into the belief we all arrived via a computer controlled conveyor belt and had a scan code stamped just above the hair line at the back of our neck to identify which batch run we belonged to”.
“Who is coming up with this sort of unacceptable rubbish?…No way. Not happening. Not in Queensland!”
A spokesman for Mr Langbroek said the minister would not be responding to Mr Driscoll’s remarks.