'I don't want these values imposed on my kids': Scott Morrison sends his children to private school so they avoid sex ed classes about 'bisexual teenagers who've had 15 partners by the age of 17’
Scott Morrison has said he sends his daughters to private school to avoid having the 'values of others' imposed on them.
- The new prime minister sends his two daughters to independent Baptist school
- Scott Morrison said he does not want the 'values of others' imposed on children
- He spoke out when asked about controversial Safe Schools sex ed curriculum
- Students as young as Year 8 required to role-play bisexual teenage characters
The new Prime Minister was asked what he thinks about sex ed classes requiring children in Year 8 to role-play bisexual teenagers with multiple partners.
He responded by saying that was the reason his girls, aged nine and eleven, attend an independent Baptist school, rather than the local public school.
'I don't want the values of others being imposed on my children in my school,' he said on Monday morning while speaking to Alan Jones on 2GB.
'I don't think that should be happening in a public school or a private school. It's not happening in the school I send my kids to, and that's one of the reasons I send them there.
Mr Morrison said his objection to elements of the controversial Safe Schools program was why he wants to protect the religious freedoms of private schools.
The activities in question are part of the Building Respectful Relationships program, written by Deakin University associate professor Debbie Ollis, which is mapped to the curriculum in Victoria.
One exercise titled 'Different perspectives on sexual intimacy' requires students to use character cards to do 20-minute role-plays.
Characters include Megan, 17, a bisexual girl with 15 sexual partners, Grace in Year 10 who has been sexually active since age 13, and Kelly, 14, who thinks she might be a lesbian.
Megan is 17, lives in the city and works in a local cafe. She has had 15 sexual partners and describes herself as bisexual.
She has had casual sex and some short-term partners, including two women. She rarely practises safe sex.
She forgets to protect herself because she is often drunk when she has sex.
'I'm really bad with that, like you know as much as you know or what you learnt in high school. You know, um, safe sex, use condoms and all the precautions and AIDS and all that, and sometimes well when you're drunk you just don't really think about it. I've scared myself many times like I've probably had three pregnancy scares cause I wasn't careful but in the end luckily I wasn't pregnant. I try and be careful like maybe what I learnt hasn't really fully absorbed, it isn't until something bad happens that I actually fully learn from it and yeah it hasn't really happened.'
Your character is aware of the risks but rarely does anything to protect herself or her partners. You need to play this up during the role play and just laugh off questions that suggest she is not being wise: 'I just go with the flow and anyway it really is about pleasing them, not me. You just want to know they like you'. Refer to the information in the quote to help you.
Source: The State of Victoria (Department of Education and Training)
The program also contains a case study about a transgender man who complains about not being recognised as male due to having female reproductive organs.
Dr Ollis told Daily Mail Australia Mr Morrison's comments 'indicate a real ignorance of what the RRE [Respectful Relationships Education] curriculum aims to do’.
'[The comments are] another illustration of how out of touch our politicians are with what young people want in their health education.
'I find it astounding that any parent would be opposed to their daughters or sons developing knowledge, understanding and skills to deal with the level of gender-based violence prevalent in Australia.'
She said the program was designed to keep students safe by educating them on making sense of relationships, learning health literacy skills, and 'help seeking behaviours'.
The teaching activities are part of the controversial Safe Schools program, which is aimed at stamping out bullying and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Mr Morrison went on to tell Mr Jones he backed federal funding for public education, which is run by the states and territories.
'[But] how about we just have state schools that focus on things like learning maths and science,' he added.
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT oversee their own programs after federal funding for the nationally orientated Safe Schools Coalition Australia was withdrawn in 2017.
Mr Morrison is a devout Christian and attends the Hillsong Pentecostal mega church.
He met his wife Jenny at a Sydney church at the age of 12, and the pair were married by 21 after they started dating at 16.
They had their first child, Abbey, 18 years later after 14 years of IVF attempts, which Mr Morrison described as a miracle.
The couple had a second daughter, Lily, two years later. Both children were born naturally.
Mr Morrison (pictured with his wife and daughters) said his objection to elements of the controversial safe schools program was why he wants to protect the religious freedoms of private schools