Gay and Lesbian Families put back in the Closet by Rudd Government

At the April Marrickville Council meeting, Cr Marika Kontellis was successful in convincing most of her Councillor colleagues to tell the Rudd government that their Early Years Learning Framework was not inclusive.

Vicki Harding (left) with her partner Jackie Braw and daughter Brenna. Photo: Ann-Marie Calilhanna [photo from SSO]

Vicki Harding (left) with her partner Jackie Braw and daughter Brenna. Photo: Ann-Marie Calilhanna (photo from SSO)

“The document which is critical to the future of early years learning is hypocritical…”said Councillor Kontellis

“On the one hand the Framework drips with notions of inclusion. On the other, any reference to gay and lesbian families has been deleted”

“This is unacceptable. Families come in all shapes and sizes and we need to give our children opportunities to learn to be inclusive and accepting, from an early age”

“The disappointing aspect is that other families, Indigenous, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, those living with disability continue to be specifically included in the second draft of the Framework. Specific reference to gay and lesbian families has been deleted”.

Marrickville Council will write to The Hon Julia Gillard MP Deputy Prime Minister, and her Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care, Maxine McKew, highlighting Council’s concerns that reference to gay and lesbian families have been removed from the second draft of the Early Years Learning Framework.
Contact:  Marika Kontellis
Read the Sydney Star Observer story on this issue.

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