Former Australian Christians federal candidate Diane Colbert is running in Buninyong as an independent at the coming state election.
Ms Colbert says her platform supports the ‘Coalition Against Unsafe Sexual Education’, a group which shares material with the group Rise Up Australia. Ms Colbert denies any connection with Rise Up, but her election flyer delivered to Ballarat letterboxes was accompanied by a pamphlet opposing the Safe Schools program authorised by the conservative party.
“They’re changing laws, taking male and female off birth certificates,” Ms Colbert told The Courier.
“There are laws made in South Australia where boys can go into girls’ toilets, based on the fact they feel like girls on that day. This is making unsafe spaces for children.”
She says gender ideology is an issue she feels passionately about. She is adamant she is against bullying, saying she suffered as a child from being harassed.
“I left school the day I turned 15 because of bullying,” she says.
“I’m absolutely against bullying of any kind. But children need to be safe in every way. Child on child abuse is rising in Australia; STDs are rising in Australia so our education system is not working at the moment. We need to able to protect children in their physical health as well as their safety.”
Ms Colbert says she recognises intersex as a scientific and biological condition, but its acceptance has been used to normalise other ‘unbiological conditions’. She says according to her research there are ‘growing numbers’ of people who are ‘detransitioning’, but science is ‘suppressed’ on the rates.
Social welfare and energy prices are other topics on Ms Colbert’s agenda. She says we don’t have enough public housing available, while her electricity bills are much higher than what they were when she lived in Sydney. She argues a default price would go part of the way to solving the problems of high energy prices.
Ms Colbert is also says the sale of public utilities needs to be opposed.