Archives for November 2016

A tribute to Mr Stephen Smith

stephen-smithIt is with a heavy heart that we report on the passing of Mr Stephen Smith of Melbourne.

Mr Smith passed away on Wednesday 23 November, aged 51 years.

A DLP member until his death, Mr Smith was active in student politics in his youth and went on to become a senior lecturer in accounting at Monash University.

Mr Smith was one of the DLP’s best performing candidates in the 2010 Victorian State Election, winning 3.5% of the vote for the seat of Ivanhoe. 

Mr Smith leaves his lovely wife Pamela, and their six children Maria, Christiane, Patrick, Tamsin and Petria. To his whole family, the DLP offers our sincerest condolences. 

Thanks Steve for being such a great guy – you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

Motion to scrap Safe Schools in Victoria divides Parliament ’18-all’

education2On Wednesday 26 October, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins brought a motion before the upper house of the Victorian parliament, calling on the government to withdraw the Safe Schools program from schools and to conduct a review of the program which would take into account the views of parents. This was the first motion of its type in any Australian parliament. 

In speaking to this motion, Dr Carling-Jenkins drew attention to a number of issues about Safe Schools that have caused a high degree of concern among parents and experts in the fields of paediatrics, education and child protection. 

From the outset, Dr Carling-Jenkins and the DLP have maintained that the bullying of any child, for any reason, is undesirable and unacceptable. Indeed, our children deserve the very best educational programs we can give them. 

Safe Schools is ideological and less about bullying than furthering the political and social agendas of the LGBTI movement to which it is intimately connected. Instead of being indoctrinated with such theories and agendas, our children deserve a program that builds their emotional intelligence and eradicates all forms of bullying, without controversy, without confusion, without causing concern to parents and without ideological bias. 

Click here to view Rachel’s speech 

Disappointingly, the government’s first speaker on the motion spoke beyond the negotiated time-slots, which prevented other members from contributing on the day. The debate would have been all the poorer for it, but thankfully the coalition and crossbench parties made extra time for debate to be resumed during general business on Wednesday 9 November. 

Click here to view Rachel’s ‘right of reply’ at the conclusion of debate 

The motion divided the house at 18 for and 18 against, which unfortunately meant the motion was defeated. However, the debate allowed many of the issues regarding the Safe Schools program to be brought to light, and it has generated a great deal of momentum within the community. 

Dr Carling-Jenkins and the DLP would like to thank everyone who has voiced their concerns about this issue, and everyone who has signed a petition against the program. Now is not the time to give up but to keep pressing forward. 

The fight continues.