Australian State leader Daniel Andrews harshly criticized families and Melbourne residents who protested against a drag storytime event at a public library.
During a speech in the Victorian Parliament, the Labor Premier referred to the actions of those opposing the Monash City Council’s decision as “disgraceful.”
State leader tells protestors to ‘get to Florida’
Andrews argued that the protests were “not an exercise in free speech.”
He told sitting MPs on May 4, “My message to those people is very clear; if you want to behave like the worst elements of the Floridian Republican Party, well, get to Florida.”
“Get over there where your hateful views might be worth something. They’re worth nothing here.”
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He added, “This Americanisation of our politics has no place here.”
The Republican Florida administration has taken a firm stance against drag storytime events, which usually feature cross-dressers or transgender performers reading stories to young children—all funded by taxpayers’ money.
‘Drag Queen Christmas’ event had highly inappropriate content
In early February, the state revoked the liquor license of an Orlando performance venue, claiming its “Drag Queen Christmas” event was marketed towards families and children, despite the content being highly inappropriate for families.
“Rather than call attention to the Show’s sexually explicit content or acknowledge that it might not be appropriate for children, Respondent’s promotional material unequivocally stated ‘all ages welcome,'” according to Florida’s Department of Business in a complaint filed against the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation on Feb. 3.
Former Victorian Liberal MP Neil Angus responded to Andrews’s comments, stating that the left faction of the Victorian Labor Party was fully in control.
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Daniel Andrews is pandering to ‘the hard left’
“Premier Andrews continues to pander to the hard left of his party, as evidenced by his repeated strong support for what are, in reality, minority views, especially in the area of sexual identity,” he said.
In March, the Labor government flew the transgender flag after a rally in the Melbourne city center against transgender people entering women’s spaces.
“Some of Andrews’s comments could be an attempt by the premier to try and attract far-left voters, who would often be Greens voters,” Angus said.
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Families and kids aged ‘one to six’ invited to drag event
In late April, a Monash City Council meeting in Melbourne’s east was met by over 150 community members protesting the drag storytime event at Oakleigh Library—a taxpayer-funded institution.
Families were invited to sign up their kids (aged one to six) for a “sparkling morning of stories and songs to inspire young readers” hosted by Lisa and a “special guest,” Sam T, aimed at spreading the message of “equality and appreciation of diversity.”
Mayor Tina Samardzija temporarily halted the council meeting midway when some community members began chanting phrases like “shame on you.”
A smaller group of about 30 supporters for the drag storytime was also present.
Police were summoned to maintain order.
On May 4, Monash Council CEO Andi Diamond announced that the event had been canceled following alleged threats.
Victorian Senator Ralph Babet mentioned that there was “overwhelming public displeasure” from the community.
There are ‘concerned mothers, fathers and grandparents’
“Public concern centered around the use of ratepayer money to host what many residents believe is inappropriate content for children aged one to six,” the senator said in a statement.
“Some have attempted to paint those opposing this event as right-wing, but they really are just concerned mothers, fathers, and grandparents,” he said.
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