NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said: “The Prime Minister was criticising a Victorian Labor Government program which he mistakenly thought was taught in NSW.”

“The Building Respectful Relationships schools program is not, and has never been, taught in NSW public schools.”

The scenario is an optional case study within the Victorian government’s Respectful Relationships program that is also implemented at Catholic and private schools.

It is part of a broader unit on “domestic violence and sexual assault in the context of power, social and institutional structures, and young people’s lives” within the Building Respectful Relationships resources.

The character card is one of eight optional case studies in a year 9 Building Respectful Relationships activity that has been mentioned by Alan Jones a number of times.

The character card is one of eight optional case studies in a year 9 Building Respectful Relationships activity that has been mentioned by Alan Jones a number of times.

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Victorian Education Minister James Merlino defended the Respectful Relationships program, saying it was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“We make no apologies for doing everything we can to put a stop to family violence,” he said.

Debbie Ollis, the author of the Building Respectful Relationships material and an associate professor of education at Deakin University, said Mr Morrison’s comments “indicate a lack of understanding of what respectful relationships education is about”.

“The resource comes out of concern about the prevalence and level of gender-based violence and family violence in the community,” Dr Ollis said.

Dr Ollis said specific discussions about sexuality and diversity are also an important part of education.

“The current research about young people’s sexuality, levels of self-harm and levels of depression and anxiety shows the importance of reflecting the community of young people that we have,” Dr Ollis said.

“This is about looking at issues around student safety and inclusion and providing them with a safe and supportive learning environment.

“If those things aren’t addressed, young people can’t learn maths and science.”

Dr Ollis said that “schools have a role in teaching health literacy”.

The scenario discussed on Monday morning is one of eight short case studies provided to teachers as part of a year 9 unit and was also raised by Mr Jones in a discussion about the Safe Schools anti-bullying resource aimed at LGBTIQ students with former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in 2016.

The scenario is not a part of Safe Schools, which stopped being funded by the federal government last year and has been replaced with a broad-brush anti-bullying resource in NSW public schools.

“Bullying will never be accepted in NSW public schools whether it be because someone is overweight, gay, based on the colour of their skin or for any other reason,” Mr Stokes said when he announced the new program.

“Students who are struggling in our schools, for whatever reason, need support and will continue to receive it in NSW public schools.”

Mr Morrison attended the public selective school Sydney Boys’ High.

Mr Morrison has been contacted for comment.


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