Daily Archives: February 26, 2008

Oh dear, how can this happen?

fashion I found this via the news feed in Ninglun on Blogspot, sourced from Reuters India.

CANBERRA (Reuters) – An Australian school refused entry to a Sikh student on Tuesday because he was wearing a turban, saying it would not change its rules despite the threat of legal action.The family of the 12-year-old boy, who will not be named, have complained to the Anti-Discrimination Commission in Queensland state after Ormiston College ordered the boy to cut his hair and remove his turban as a condition of entry.

“The complaint is the college discriminated against the child by placing conditions on his enrolment that he was unable to comply with because of his religion,” family solicitor Scott McDougall told Australian radio.

Ormiston College is a co-educational and non-denominational school which says on its Web site that it “affirms individual differences and actively promotes cultural and intellectual understanding”.

The private school, which has almost 550 students, is on the coastal outskirts of the state capital Brisbane.

Principal Brett Webster said the school respected the boy’s religious beliefs, but would not change its rules.

“We’re certainly not asking the family or the boy to turn their back on their religion,” Webster said.

“But the question is should the school, should every organisation, change its standard policies every time somebody comes along with a different set of beliefs.”

Australia has around 50,000 Sikhs among the 21 million population.

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Posted by on February 26, 2008 in Australia, faith and philosophy, multicultural Australia, weirdness


Six good reasons for turning off commercial TV after 6pm Mondays…

I confess to enjoying my daily dose of Deal or No Deal on Channel Seven, but after that go to ABC for:

1. Landline at 6.00

This program is a bridge to rural and regional Australia. Aside from the fact it is actually interesting, it is something we city folk really need to watch if we are to have any understanding at all of our own country, not to mention of where our bread and butter come from. Speaking of bread, there was a fascinating item last night on native grasses and grains, about which I knew nothing.

SEAN MURPHY: Agronomist Ian Chivers runs a Victorian company already selling nearly 30 different types of native seeds.
(To Ian Chivers) So, harvesting a few in a week or so?
IAN CHIVERS: Well, I reckon about, yeah, seven or 10 days and get the first light one over then wait for the bigger one.
SEAN MURPHY: With protein levels greater than 20 per cent, low glycemic index and free of gluten he believes the alpine rice will have massive market appeal but it can also be of huge benefit to farmers.
IAN CHIVERS: I think it works beautifully in the high rainfall zones in the pasture sense where people can get a dual purpose out of it. They can graze it for eight months of the year, starting January through to August then close the gate, do a bit of fertiliser as necessary and then just simply come back and harvest it in December and then that just repeats. Because it is a perennial, you’ve not got the risks associated within an annual sowing, you’ve not got the risks associated with drought and other losses through that. You’ve just got a perennial crop that’s going to do it every year.
SEAN MURPHY: Graziers are increasingly seeing the benefits of native grasses as pasture, improving ground cover and biodiversity and reducing problems like erosion and salinity.
It wasn’t always so. Only 30 years ago, homegrown flora was considered a problem.

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Posted by on February 26, 2008 in Australia, TV