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MEDIA RELEASE SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 2007
STOP ISLAMIC SCHOOL - CDP
Christian Democratic Party Senate Candidate, Pastor Paul Green and CDP Party Leader Reverend the Hon Fred Nile MLC have welcomed the NSW Government's decision to opposed an Islamic College proposed for 98 Johnston Road Bass Hill.
"The first important issue is that Australia should be cautious about allowing any additional Islamic schools," said Reverend Fred Nile. "A school promoting religious, cultural and political values inconsistent with those of mainstream Australia is potentially a divisive influence. Australians deserve an independent study into the effects of Islamic schools before any more are built."
Pastor Paul Green, who participated in the Bass Hill meeting of Saturday 11 August added: "If the advocates of exclusively Muslim schools have their way, then soon one quarter of the youthful population of Bankstown Municipality will be victims of educational apartheid, with minimal or even zero contact with the other three quarters of the youthful population." (see attached table - source Australian Bureau of Statistics)
The proposed site is adjacent to an existing government school, on land purchased from the NSW Education Department by Gardenview Apartments, supposedly for "affordable housing". Tony Stewart MP, the Member for Bankstown told a public meeting on Saturday 14 July that the college had "tricked the Education Department into selling it to them.
Pastor Green and Reverend Nile are both on the public record as advocates of a ten-year moratorium on Muslim immigration.
Paul Green concluded: "Note that if the current trend continues in the Bankstown Municipality, Muslim children will outnumber Christian children in ten years. Whatever problems will flow from the change in demographics, those problems will be greatly exacerbated if Muslim children and Christian children are kept separate during their formative years. The answer is NO MORE MUSLIM SCHOOLS.