Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has issued his latest warning shot to Australian parents worried about radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education in their children’s schools, labelling the real concerns of Australian mums as “total rubbish” and “not freedom of speech.” 

“Mr Shorten has made it clear that he does not want to hear, let alone answer, the questions being raised by ordinary Australians about the consequences that his push to redefine marriage will have for them and their families,” said Dr David van Gend, Coalition for Marriage spokesman.

“Mr Shorten also made it clear that he has no idea about the content of the program which, under a Labor government, would become mandatory.

“A simple look at one of the radical sex and gender programs (Safe Schools) resources back up what the mums are saying. The All of Us resource has, as its second lesson, Year 7 kids role-playing same- sex relationships. And the Safe Schools posters feature boys in dresses.

“If Mr Shorten isn’t aware of this publicly available content, then he should not be pushing for Safe Schools to be in all schools. If he is aware, then he owes these mums an apology for calling them dismissing their claims.”

Dr Van Gend also said that Mr Shorten’s comments were a chilling indication of what is in store for free speech if same-sex marriage becomes law.

“Mr Shorten came right out and said that the legitimate concerns raised by these mums did not amount to ‘free speech.’ Every Australian should know that if the law on marriage changes, asking questions about the radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education being taught to their kids would not be protected by free speech,” Dr Van Gend.

“We’re unsurprised by this, given that Labor Party policy is that, if they win at the next election, they will establish a taxpayer-funded LGBTIQ watchdog for sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status issues, with the ability to punish and silence those who disagree, such as the mums in our ad.

“Overseas in places like Canada and the UK where gay marriage is law, we see that programs like Safe Schools do become ‘widespread and compulsory’, and parents have no say, just like another of the mums said.

“Australians who care about free speech and about what their kids are taught in schools should send Mr Shorten a message, stand by these and other concerned mums, and vote ‘no’,” he concluded.