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Suffer the little children

By Greg Donnelly - posted Thursday, 26 November 2015

The article explained that the so-called XXX Adults Only Science Night Explosion produced over 1000 what are described colourfully as "sweet sticky treats". Sprinkles, coconut and icing sugar apparently are key ingredients.

Now I do not consider myself a prude, but my instincts tell me there is something very wrong when our schools kids are being encouraged, indeed directed, to click into websites like this.

In case I had inadvertently accidentally found the exception and not the rule, I thought I would click into a couple of other partner sites.


In NSW the state partner is Family Planning NSW. If you, as kids no doubt will, go to the website you will find exactly what you would expect. Without any particular reason I thought that I would have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions part of the website. Interesting indeed.

The Question and Answer on oral sex and STIs was striking.

Question: Recently it was my boyfriend's birthday and for an extra special birthday pressie I gave him a blowjob. Is it possible that I could have caught some sort of STD or disease? Please help me. I am really worried. Answer: Oral sex is very safe in regards to the risk of pregnancy…. .

In NSW there are public primary schools that have been recruited into the program. Surely the following question must be asked: If the NSW Education and Communities Minister, Adrian Piccoli knows about these matters, and he has had them drawn to his attention, how can he just sit on his hands and do nothing?

Coming originally from the state where you get to see the sun set over the ocean, I thought I would check out the arrangements in WA.

In that state the WA Aids Council was awarded the partner contract. It appears that two people have been appointed to roll it out across the state. I am sure that there will be a range of views about the appropriateness or otherwise of encouraging or directing children onto the WA Aids Council website to scroll and click around for information. However, I am quite sure that our kids do not need their teachers facilitating them to visit a website that explains the finer points of cruising and other activities.


As bad as this may all seem, what is unforgivable, in my view, is that this is being done without the consent of the vast majority of parents who send their children to public schools.

The program website proudly boasts that over 460 schools have already joined. What I would like to know is of the over 460 principals who have signed their schools up to the program on the membership form downloadable on the website, how many fully informed parents about what their children would now be exposed to and taught?

Parents are the primary educators of their children. They have an absolute right to know what their children are being taught in schools. It is about time they were told why their children are being placed in harms way by their principals, teachers and those appointed on contracts to introduce and propagate this material.

The Foundation for Young Australians, as national convenor of the program, should also be served with a please explain notice. The federal along with state and territory Education Ministers also have some serious explaining to do.

And in doing this explaining let us not try and wrap all of this up in the guise of some sort of anti-bullying initiative. Bullying of any kind in our schools be they public,

Catholic or Independent is unacceptable and there should be robust policies and procedures in place to deal with it. Indeed that is presently the case. If those policies and procedures require examination and possible refinement then good, let's get on and do it. But in doing this, let us protect all children.

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Greg Donnelly is a Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. He has been in the Legislative Council since February 2005. He is currently the Deputy Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council. He is the Chair of General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Issues. He is also a member of the Privileges Committee, the Committee on Children and Young People, the Select Committee on the Legislative Council Committee System and the Select Committee on Human Trafficking.

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