Former prime minster Tony Abbott came out swinging against the anti-bullying program called the Safe Schools Coalition on Tuesday, labeling it "social engineering" and saying it should be "terminated".
His gay sister, Sydney councillor Christine Forster told BuzzFeed News his comments were "laughable".
"It's my view that you cannot engineer a child into being transgender or homosexual. And it's my experience. It's not something that's engineered. It's something that's inherent to a person," she told BuzzFeed News.
But the LGBT anti-bullying program was launched at the National Safe Schools Symposium in June 2014 by senator Scott Ryan... who was Tony Abbott's parliamentary secretary for education.
While the program was originally funded by the former Labor government, it was the Abbott government which was present at the launch of the national program.
Despite all the claims put forward in recent weeks, Senator Ryan (who comes from the right faction of the Victorian Liberal party) had some pretty lovely words to say about Safe Schools.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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