LNP would ditch Safe Schools in government

Queensland's opposition plans to withdraw from the Safe Schools program if it wins the next election

Queensland's opposition plans to withdraw from the Safe Schools program if it wins the next election

Queensland's Liberal National Party has vowed to withdraw from the federal Safe Schools anti-bullying program and replace it with its own if it wins government.

But the Labor government says the program has never been taught in Queensland classrooms, and accused the opposition of scaremongering on the issue.

Safe Schools, which promotes inclusivity and tolerance for LGBTQI youth, has come under fire from conservative politicians and commentators, who claim many of its modules are inappropriate for the age levels of the children taking part.

Opposition education spokeswoman Tracy Davis said the program had become the "focus of one particular group" and pledged to set up a panel of parents, stakeholders and educators to come up with a new anti-bullying campaign.

"I think the first thing we have to do is audit the programs that are already on offer and take from that the bits that would be beneficial in terms of addressing bullying," Ms Davis told reporters in Bundaberg on Wednesday.

"Safe Schools has become ideologically driven and focused on one particular group and we need a program that delivers for all Queensland students."

But Education Minister Kate Jones said the Safe Schools program was a federally-funded opt-in program.

"Safe School resources have never been used in (Queensland) classrooms but only used to support principals and teachers," Ms Jones said in a statement.

"In Queensland we have always taken the approach that schools under the leadership of their local principals are best placed to know what their students' need."

Federal funding for the program runs out in October, and while the resources will still be available online, the Labor government is likely to develop its own anti-bullying program as well.

The LNP has made the announcement as they look to claw back support from One Nation, especially in regional Queensland, where the party has enjoyed a resurgence of support.

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