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Tasmania quits Safe Schools program

Rockliff

Tasmania's government is to quit the controversial Safe Schools program.

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has told NewsCorp the state 'has no plans' to fund Safe Schools in Tasmania, once the current federal funding arrangement expires at the end of June.

"The Tasmanian government is committed to providing a safe and inclusive school environment to support student learning and wellbeing, which is why we have invested $3 million over four years as part of the Combating Bullying budget initiative," Mr Rockliff said.

Twenty-two Tasmanian schools are signed up to the Safe Schools syllabus, which has drawn criticism from some quarters for its inclusion of diverse sexuality and gender fluidity.

"It is up to each Tasmanian school to make their own decisions about the programs used in their school," Mr Rockliff said, "and government schools are encouraged to use the Department of Education’s own program."

The New South Wales Education Minister announced on Sunday his state's withdrawal from Safe Schools.

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