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P&C calls for hijab ban at Queensland school

LNP member Brooke Patterson debates a resolution at the Liberal National Party (LNP) state convention in Brisbane.
LNP member Brooke Patterson debates a resolution at the Liberal National Party (LNP) state convention in Brisbane. AAP Image/Darren England

PARENTS at a Gold Coast State primary school want to ban the hijab for future young female students to toughen the uniform policy.

But the school principal warns a meeting to discuss uniforms cannot be allowed on the grounds of discrimination and he wants the P&C president to stand down.

Benowa State School principal Michael Josey told Brooke Patterson she could "not use any political position, platform or agenda to canvas community opinion on the wearing of hijabs".

Mr Josey said he had to make "reasonable adjustments in relation to religious and cultural beliefs" to ensure the uniform code was consistent with anti-discrimination laws.

Delegates at the LNP state conference supported a motion by Ms Patterson at the weekend to ban girls under the age of 10 from wearing headscarves in schools.

Should school uniforms allow for religious differences?

This poll ended on 26 July 2017.

Current Results

Yes, we are an inclusive society

36%

No, there should be one rule for all

58%

Depends on the difference

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

More on this at the Gold Coast Bulletin

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