Citipointe Christian College enrolment contract under investigation


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Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace has confirmed a review is underway into whether Brisbane school Citipointe Christian College’s contentious enrolment contract is in breach of state laws.

Last Friday, Citipointe Christian College sent families the enrolment contract to sign, with new clauses on gender identity and homosexuality, that has caused widespread outrage.

It requires students to identify as “the gender that corresponds to their biological sex” or face “exclusion” as well as denounce homosexuality, alongside bestiality, incest and paedophilia, as “sinful and destructive to society”.

Education Minister Grace Grace (pictured above) said on Tuesday her department has received complaints from parents and students at the Carindale school.

She said she’s referred the “concerning” and “distressing” matter to the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board. The board will meet on Thursday.

“They will be looking at this issue from the legislation,” she said.

She said the Queensland Human Rights Commission had warned the school they could not “cannot contract out of your legally binding anti-discrimination laws”.

The Brisbane Labor MP explained she is mum to a non-binary child, and became emotional speaking about the issue.

“It’s actually quite distressing to hear that someone like that would be treated the way that school has said,” she said.

“In this day and age, to see this happening, is actually quite unbelievable.

“I don’t know what the motivation was sending it out on a Friday, just before their students were set to return to online learning [on Monday].”

Grace went on, “We strive for an inclusive and supportive environment in schools. That is what we should be doing.

“No student should be denied a world-class education because they are a member of the LGBTIQ+ community.”

Asked if it was appropriate for Citipointe Christian College to receive public funding, she said “no, I don’t think that’s right.”

Independent Education Union slams ‘discriminatory’ Citipointe enrolment contract

A petition calling for the contract to be recalled has received 112,000 signatures. A “heartbroken” teacher has resigned over the contract, and queer former students have also spoken out.

Citipointe Christian College’s principal has defended the enrolment contract and said the school has sought legal advice.

But legal experts say the clauses on gender identity and homosexuality breach the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act.

The Independent Education Union Queensland called on the school to “not use contracts to avoid their responsibilities under anti-discrimination law”.

“Trying to avoid anti-discrimination laws by asking parents or students to agree to discriminatory terms in a ‘contract’ is beyond shameful and rejected by our union,” Queensland branch secretary Terry Burke said.

“Our union believes practises in faith-based schools, and indeed in any endeavour by faith-based organisations which is conducted for and funded by the public, should reflect community standards and expectations.”

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3 Comments

  1. Deb
    3 February 2022
    Reply

    It’s telling that there have been over 112,000 signatures and widespread community rejection of this heinous contract.

  2. Barbara
    3 February 2022
    Reply

    This is an archaic contract. Churches have apologized for this type of exclusion. The damage to a LGBTI person particularly a child, is irreparable!!!

  3. Peter Turner
    4 February 2022
    Reply

    We now await the revelations regarding the private life of this Principal. As the saying goes…”Those with the loudest voices usually have the most to hide”.

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