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Canberra residents in Favour of Islamic School

By Iain Morriss - 24 September 2009 20

After a couple of weeks the online forum for the ACT Government being hosted on Bang the Table is showing residents overwhelmingly in favour of situating an islamic school in Weston.  None of the nasty racist attitudes of Western Sydney here.  It makes me proud!

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Canberra residents in Favour of Islamic School
knuckles 2:56 pm 25 Sep 09

Silent force said
The parents of these children CHOSE to come to Australia (and Canberra).

This is an islamic school, not a school for overseas students. A lot of muslims I know were born here and are as australian as the rest of us.

Pretty ignorant comment.

chewy14 2:17 pm 25 Sep 09

What is this Bang the Table forum? i’ve never heard of it.

I’m going to go and fill this Bang the Table forum with racist bile to even out the debate and get our well earned Racist Redneck mantle back.

OzPhoenix 2:09 pm 25 Sep 09

I-filed said :

I looked through Bang the Table and I wouldn’t say the reaction was “overwhelmingly in favour” – I’d have said fairly neutral and open-minded. Which is not too bad!

Currently the poll on concerns results sit at:
– changed traffic and parking options: 0% (I think)
– public access to the arboretum area: 8.7%
– proximity to residential dwellings: 4.3%
– size of the school: 13.0 %
– no issues of concern: 74.0%

miz 2:05 pm 25 Sep 09

The issue is not ‘why would anyone have a problem with an Islamic school’ – the issue is, how can the government think it is OK to give away a public resource to a private concern, and how did this private concern obtain priority over, eg, a new Dairy Flat Farm (for disruptive high school students) or other equally necessary public educational facility?

I-filed 12:13 pm 25 Sep 09

I looked through Bang the Table and I wouldn’t say the reaction was “overwhelmingly in favour” – I’d have said fairly neutral and open-minded. Which is not too bad!

Postalgeek 11:07 am 25 Sep 09

Don’t swell with pride too much…

http://the-riotact.com/?p=12943

deezagood 10:15 am 25 Sep 09

Silentforce, they will have to adhere to required curriculum standards and reporting etc… if they wish to gain any government funding (and let;s face it, all schools need at leat partial government funding). Further, I’m sure parents won’t enrol their kids in a school that might academically disadvantage their children (or circumvent their access to secondary schools, universities etc…) in any way. I think your concerns are unfounded.

housebound 9:25 am 25 Sep 09

Thumper said :

I have no problem with an Islamic school. I do have a problem with the double standards applied by the ACT government. And the fact that the Weston campus is going to be bulldozed for another extremely profitable land sale by this government.

+1

Why are some groups so much more equal than others in this town?

Silentforce 12:00 am 25 Sep 09

I wish to throw my hat into the ring without capitulating to the ‘other side’.

Happy to have another school where parents enrol their children in a school oriented to their religious beliefs provided that they are not granted exceptions.

I would expect that the ACT Government, who were voted in to express the will of the community, will apply the same rules and governance already in place for similar Anglican, Catholic, French, Chinese institutions. They must ensure that the the same cirruculum of education and community standards are otherwise met that everyone else is expected to meet.

The parents of these children CHOSE to come to Australia (and Canberra). If their intention was not to contribute and assimilate to Australian society, are they otherwise commiting a crime? Would the society of their homeland accept an Australian culturally oriented school and what goes with it without controls?

nyssa76 9:56 pm 24 Sep 09

Why would anyone disagree when they can be called racist instead?

bd84 9:12 pm 24 Sep 09

dr phil said :

“None of the nasty racist attitudes of Western Sydney here” mmmmmm??

Do you think it was the fact you had to register and log in. Not being anonymous may have drove thoses sort of comments away.

You may have a point, it also helps that Canberrans are more educated than other areas.

It sounds like a fair enough idea to me, as long as all the proper considerations are taken into account i.e. traffic, safety etc. The story on Stateline on the ABC the other week did paint a good picture for the school and highlighted their needs.

Addison 8:51 pm 24 Sep 09

Why the hell would anyone have a problem with an Islamic school? There’s no reason Muslims shouldn’t have the choice to educate their children in a school oriented to their religious beliefs.

Thumper 7:31 pm 24 Sep 09

I have no problem with an Islamic school.

I do have a problem with the double standards applied by the ACT government.

And the fact that the Weston campus is going to be bulldozed for another extremely profitable land sale by this government.

Fisho 6:03 pm 24 Sep 09

I would have thought “None of nasty traffic issues of Western Sydney here” would have been more accurate.

The location of the existing Islamic School isn’t exactly ideal, good to see it in an environment more conducive to learning.

dr phil 5:25 pm 24 Sep 09

“None of the nasty racist attitudes of Western Sydney here” mmmmmm??

Do you think it was the fact you had to register and log in. Not being anonymous may have drove thoses sort of comments away.

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