“As an essential public safety measure, One Nation will close radicalised schools and place radicalised Islamic students in youth detention.”
Islamic radicalisation in schools is a major concern, not just for its public safety consequences, but also for the lack of government transparency. The NSW Education Department routinely sweeps these problems under the carpet, as it did with a series of aggressive incidents at Punchbowl Boys High and Punchbowl Public School in 2015-17.
There is no evidence that so-called school de-radicalisation programs are working. This is a black hole in the education system: with little public awareness of problems and no sign they are being resolved. The best policy approach is zero-tolerance: closing down radicalised schools and placing radicalised students in youth detention.
The Department of Education should also warn principals and teachers against rationalising away acts of terrorism. There have been several reports of staff telling students there is no connection between terrorism and Islam. Schools must also insist on the principles of respect and courtesy overriding religious dogma. It is unacceptable, for instance, for an Islamic boy not to shake the hand of a woman giving him a prize at a school presentation (as occurred at Hurstville Boys Campus in 2017).
Another alarming practice in government schools concerns the role of external mentoring. The Bankstown Poetry Slam, for instance, is not actually a poetry group. It is radical Islamic ranting dressed up as publicly-funded arts and culture. Incredibly, these anti-Western activists have been allowed into at least nine NSW high schools, mentoring students. A stronger checking process is required to prevent such access.
One Nation has a five-point policy for overcoming school radicalisation:
Zero tolerance: closing radicalised schools and placing radicalised students in youth detention.
A regular, transparent system of public reporting on incidents involving radicalised Islamic behaviour, and the action taken by schools in response. These reports should be tabled in NSW Parliament.
A strict Code of Conduct for the way in which teachers explain to students acts of radical Islamic terrorism. The emphasis must be on evidence and reality rather than Leftist apologies and rationalising away violence of this kind.
Insisting on Western standards of respect and courtesy at all school events, overriding Islamic practice.
Ensuring outside organisations with a history of radicalised views (campaigning against our culture and our civilisation) are not given access to NSW schools. The Bankstown Poetry Slam should be banned immediately.