Scott Driscoll, the Redcliffe MP who has spent less than six hours in parliament since March, has suffered an intense reaction to a new education policy.
Mr Driscoll, who is no stranger to dramatic, adjective-laden statementsfelt compelled to “express outrage” at the “sickening volley of political correctness” which “has just been coughed up on a foot path outside a Queensland state school near you”.
The former LNP government member was referring to a new Education Queensland policy which “is dedicated to providing information for schools on supporting students who are same-sex attracted, intersex or transgender”.
The policy, which will be released to schools next month after a minor review, includes gender neutral uniform options, as well consider “how they organise sport to ensure safe, supportive and inclusive school environments”.
Education minister John-Paul Langbroek has given his support to the policy, which will be the first to “provide school staff with practical information to support the respectful treatment, and inclusion of all students” in the school environment.
But Mr Driscoll has urged Queenslanders to write to Premier Campbell Newman and “let him know we will not tolerate such nonsense in our Queensland state schools”.
"No doubt like tens of thousands of other Queenslanders this morning, as news came through of this new 'Big Brother' approach to education in Queensland where each child will be dressed in an old potato sack for fear they may be accidentally identified as a girl or a boy, I too had my fair share of corn flakes unintentionally spray from my mouth across the breakfast table, when I heard this outrageous news," Mr Driscoll said in his statement.
"Who is coming up with this sort of unacceptable rubbish?
“There is now talk of single change rooms for when the kids have to get their togs on for swimming lessons, because apparently some genius who's (sic) name will never have been found on a ballot paper thinks this might be a good experiment and an exercise in brainwashing our vulnerable young people into the belief we all arrived via a computer controlled conveyor belt and had a scan code stamped just above the hair line at the back of our neck to identify which batch run we belonged to.
"No way. Not happening. Not in Queensland!”
A spokesman for Mr Langbroek said the minister would not be responding to Mr Driscoll's outburst.