Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews has said he is “getting really sick” of the way the NSW Liberal Party and some media outlets are addressing gay-marriage issues, after a same-sex movie was banned in a high school.
On Facebook, Mr Andrews attacked the NSW Liberal Government, led by Premier Mike Baird and “a newspaper” (Daily Telegraph), for their response to a Sydney high school planning to show same-sex film Gayby Baby.
“I’m getting really sick of this stuff,” Mr Andrews wrote. “Gayby Baby is an award-winning Australian documentary about same-sex parents who are raising beautiful families.”
On Wednesday, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli endorsed a school which banned a student-led compulsory viewing of the film.
Burwood Girls High School sent parents a flyer last week informing them that all students would attend a screening of the film Gayby Baby during class hours, as part of Wear It Purple Day – an initiative designed to promote acceptance and tolerance of diversity.
Premier Mike Baird publicly backed his minister and the school, after a Daily Telegraph front page spread on the story titled “GAY CLASS UPROAR”.
Here’s Mr Andrews post in full:
Mr Baird said he supported schools screening the film, but not during class.
“I understand the intent of that is to provide an example of tolerance and that’s something I absolutely support,” he said.
“Should it be in class time? No, I don’t think so. Should it be optional? Yes, I do think so.”
When asked why schools were allowed to screen other documentaries during school hours, Mr Baird suggested Gayby Baby was not as relevant to other films that are shown.
However, since then, Mr Piccoli issued a statewide ban on the film in school’s, reported Sky News.
Greens spokeswoman on sexuality and gender identity, Jenny Leong, slammed the Government’s decision as a “kneejerk reaction”.
– with ABC