Tasmanian Liberal Party members have faced criticism for passing a motion at its state conference on the weekend to call on state and federal governments to remove “radical gender ideology” from the classroom.
The motion, which was carried unanimously, was brought to the conference by the party’s Denison branch.
Branch delegate Pat Gartlan said instruction on gender change and confusion was prevalent in schools around the nation.
“Children are easily swept along by what is popular and the pressure to conform,” she said on Sunday.
“They are at risk of lifelong damage from following along with this guided radical gender ideology.”
Transgender lobby group Transforming Tasmania will now attempt to address gender concerns with party members.
Group spokesperson Martine Delaney said it was important to have schools that were inclusive and supportive of transgender or gender-diverse people.
“Research shows that dealing honestly and openly with gender diversity in schools saves lives,” she said.
"That is why the Tasmanian Government already funds programs to help staff and students understand transgender and gender diverse people.”
Rainbow Labor Tasmania president Benjamin Dudman said the motion was reckless and offensive to the safety and wellbeing of gender-diverse Tasmanians.
“The Liberals’ insinuate that if gender dysphoria is ignored, it will go away,” he said.
“The motion suggested that gender affirming surgeries were being encouraged in schools and portrayed as glamorous.
“Gender-affirming surgeries remain incredibly inaccessible in Australia and the process is far from glamorous.”