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I’m not a racist; I’m in the Labor Party

Four years ago the New South Wales Labor Government sold a site in Bankstown to a group of people who wanted to build an Islamic school there. 

The Education Department said then that the land was surplus to requirements.

The Labor Party dominates Banstown Council. Two Council decisions rejected the school application. 

You can guess the nominated reasons and you’d be right.  Planning issues. Traffic.Noise. Design.  

Funny how it is only Islamic schools that have all these problems, isn’t it?

Two Court decisions overturned the Council’s decisions. 

According to Jennie Curtin in the Sydney Morning Herald (Minister moves to buy back Islamic school site) Land And Environment Court Senior Commissioner John Roseth asked “whether the council would have raised quite as many contentions as it did if the application had been for an Anglican school.”

After the second unfavourable decision the Council wrote to Verity Firth, the Labor Party Minister for Education, asking her to buy the land back, either by agreement or compulsorily.

Evidently the area suddenly needs a new special school and this is the best site.

An independent councillor told New Radio this was not true.  The area already has 3 schools catering adequately for special needs students.

So what could be the real reason for the Labor Government buying back the proposed Islamic school site? 

I’ll let you connect the dots.