12 Mar 2018

Premier must ban union propaganda at Queensland schools

Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington is calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to ban union propaganda from Queensland schools following revelations of a plan to spread CFMEU material on school grounds.

“Party politics has no place in Queensland schools and union propaganda definitely doesn’t,” Ms Frecklington said.

“This is a test of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s leadership. Friday is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. If Annastacia Palaszscuk really cared about bullying, she would call out the CFMEU and ban union propaganda from Queensland schools.

“Students go to school to learn important life skills. Our schools must not be an environment for Labor Party indoctrination.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs show some leadership and ban union propaganda from school grounds.

“Some union behaviour is appalling, disgusting, and has no place near children. Last year CFMEU protesters at the Oaky North mine allegedly threatened to rape children and physically punish people who did not support their cause.  

“The Premier refused to personally condemn the behaviour at Oaky North mine. Today she needs to step up and protect children in Queensland schools from the unions.”

Shadow Minister for Education Jarrod Bleijie said the unions’ control over the Palaszczuk Government was alarming.

“This is a government run by the unions for the unions,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Grace Grace should put her job as Education Minister ahead of her allegiance with union bosses.

“Our kids should be learning how to read and write, not how to be militant unionists.

“The fact unions think they can blatantly bring campaign material into Queensland schools shows how much control they have over Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government.

“The only time the CFMEU should be uttered in schools is as case examples of bullying and threats.”