Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced he’s introduced legislation “to allow businesses who choose not to serve students during schools hours to do so without fear of unintended legal consequences”.
In particular he’s proposing exemptions to the Discrimination Act, which he rightly points out is riddled with exemptions already.
This all stems from the whoo haa down in Lanyon over the local Kingsleys hiding behind the Discrimination Act to keep serving wagging kids.
But if we want to solve truancy mob justice against youth friendly business seems a poor way to go about it. Unless vending machines start checking IDs kids out of school will still be able to buy fizzy drinks.
Automated emailing of parents when kids miss classes would be a good start, and failing kids with unsatisfactory attendance records (perhaps followed by automatic transfer to a more rigorous facility) would certainly give them more incentive to turn up.
Anyone else got any thoughts?