The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the former prime minister, John Howard, has urged the federal government to cut all funding for any school that won't let parents pull their children out of sex- or gender-related classes.
The influential former Coalition leader, one of the longest serving prime minister in Australia, has made a submission to the review into religious freedom run by Philip Ruddock. It was given the task of reviewing the adequacy of Australia's religious freedom provisions in the wake of the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The review received an overwhelming 16500 submissions, causing it to delay its reporting from March to May this year.
Mr Howard suggests that federal funding should be used to ensure that parental preferences are respected by both public and private schools.
"Speaking practically, the preferable approach would be for the Commonwealth government to make it a condition of funding for both government and non-government schools that parental rights of this kind be respected," Mr Howard wrote.
Mr Ruddock said he "greatly valued" Mr Howard's submission and it was given due consideration.
The Ruddock review committee is due to hand the review to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by the end of this week.