Schools propaganda unwelcome

Schools propaganda unwelcome

Parents and students of Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, are angry at political propaganda being distributed by the school.

Material that directly attacks the NSW Greens without comparison to any other political party is inappropriate and offensive to Greens voting parents and their children.

In an information sheet issued to Trinity students by the NSW Catholic Education Commission and the Council of Catholic School Parents on March 2, 2007, the Greens are attacked through a purely economic analysis of the Greens education policy.

Should our secondary school be so politically biased?

The right to political and religious freedoms are fundamental to Australian democracy. If Catholic schools are so politically aligned with conservative political parties this must be openly declared if we truly do live in a democracy.

The decision on who to vote for is complex and should be based on a broad range of considerations including environmental and social health and not just short-term economic impacts on particular individuals and organisations.

The right of future generations to enjoy our sacred mother earth is at the heart of the Greens political agenda and policies.

The right to be Catholic should not negate the right to be Green.

At least the Greens have an articulate education policy, none of the other major political parties do.

I am preparing a formal complaint to Trinity and the NSW Catholic Education Commission. Other concerned parents can contact me at chrisfsh@bigpond.net.au or 0417 246 869.

Chris Fisher

Parent and NSW Greens memberGoonellanah


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