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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Devine's fear mongering out of touch – Greens

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann says Miranda Devine's attack on the Proud
Schools program which is helping end homophobia in our schools is a hark
back to 60s era prejudice and discrimination. Ms Faehrmann is calling on
the Education Minister to stand strong in the face of fear mongering
from an extreme minority.

"Ms Devine is completely out of touch with mainstream Australia on this
one. We've got multi-partisan support for this critical education
program. I call on the Education Minister to stand strong in the face of
fear mongering from an extreme minority," said Ms Faehrmann.

"The rest of us have moved on from the days when people thought being
gay was somehow abnormal. It's 60s era thinking and Ms Devine should
catch up.

"Unfortunately homophobia in schools is still a big issue, with
homophobic abuse and bullying causing significant distress and harm to
young people. That's why programs like Proud Schools exist in the first
place – to make sure young people understand that same-sex attraction
is perfectly normal.

"With two thirds of same-sex attracted young people experiencing abuse
and around 80% of that happening in schools it would be extremely
dangerous for programs like Proud Schools not to be expanded and

"Regardless of sexuality, all students should feel safe and accepted at
school. The sad reality is that we still have hangovers of unjust
discrimination that need to be challenged, in schools, in workplaces and
in the community.

"Of much greater concern to parents than same-sex education programs
these days is that their children may be the target of homophobia in the
playground. MPs from all the major political parties have been working
together to challenge homophobia and remove discrimination.

"Ms Devine's attempt to stir fear about the Proud Schools program will
fall flat because the fact is, people have grown up on this issue –
it's time she did as well," said Ms Faehrmann.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0433 005 727

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