Gay MP, partner feature in colour-in book for schools

A TAXPAYER funded colour-in book featuring a gay MP and his partner walking their pugs is proposed to be sent to primary school children.

The Australian reports that Victorian Liberal MP Tim Wilson, Australia's former Human Rights Commissioner, used his parliamentary communications budget to print 10,000 of the books for primary school students in his electorate of Goldstein.

Another 5000 have been printed to help improve "mindfulness" for elderly Australians in aged-care facilities.

The books include depictions of places within his electorate in Melbourne's southeast and across Australia.

The plan is that they will be dropped off at schools before the final school term next month.

Should the books be allowed in schools?

This poll ended on 27 September 2017.

Current Results

No. It's political propaganda


Yes. It promotes diversity


No. Let's keep the same sex debate out of schools


Yes. Colour-in is fun


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

One of the pictures features Mr Wilson with his partner walking in the Bentleigh shopping precinct with the caption: "Tim and his partner Ryan enjoy walking their pugs Ella and Louis throughout the many beautiful and historic streets of our community."

"There are mums and kids, and Aboriginals, and animals. And all sorts of things that reflect our amazing awesome Goldstein community."

Fellow Liberal MP Craig Kelly told Sky News he believed MPs were able to spend their electoral allowance on where they saw it was needed.

"We're given an electoral allowance to spend on communications," he said.

"I don't think I would actually put a colouring book together. It's up to every electorate, every electorate is different."

 A page of Mr Wilson’s colouring-in book to be distributed to schoolchildren in his electorate.
A page of Mr Wilson’s colouring-in book to be distributed to schoolchildren in his electorate.

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