School-LockersThe Safe Schools Coalition is not intimidated by its federal review.

Following Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to review the Safe Schools program, only one school has decided to discontinue the program. The school made the decision based on pressure from concerned parents.

The Safe Schools program focuses on promoting the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and is active in about 500 schools across Australia.

Conservative politicians, including Cory Bernardi and Eric Abetz, have taken issue with the program.

Bernardi claims the program “indoctrinates kids with Marxist Cultural relativism,” and Abetz said on Tuesday evening that he was simply speaking for the concerned “mums and dads all around Australia” and added that he believes the review will “listen to the views and aspirations of the mums and dads of Australia who, when they get the opportunity, vote with their feet and don’t want their schools participating.”

Liberal backbencher Brett Whiteley said that the program “is state-sanctioned, state-funded social engineering at its absolute worst.” He also believes that the program is not designed to “stamp out bullying, or stamp out gender inequality. It’s done to stamp out gender entirely, to create confusion and doubt in children’s minds.”

However, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham believes that the review will only strengthen support of the program rather than vilify it. He is hopeful the review process will move quickly and that the government and the public will “have confidence that this program is meeting its objectives.”

“We can all have confidence that the content of the resources that are produced under this program is age-appropriate, is in accordance with the national curriculum and, most importantly, that parents and school communities have confidence, and they’re aware of the resources that are being used.”

The decision to review the program has been met with shock from many people and even provoked an exchange between opposition leader Bill Shorten telling Bernardi, “At least I’m not a homophobe.”