- Australian Conservatives MP Dennis Hood fights plans for Christmas carols ban
- South Australia’s Department of Education wants to bar them from classrooms
- A survey of 1,200 parents found 98 per cent of them want school carols to stay
- Mr Hood says Christmas carols are part of Australia’s heritage and traditions
Conservatives are fighting plans for Christmas carols to be banned in state schools.
South Australia’s Department of Education is reportedly planning to bar Christmas carols from the classroom, on the grounds public schools are secular.
However, the policy appears to have virtually no public support from parents.
South Australia’s Department of Education wants to ban school Christmas carols (stock image)
More than 98 per cent of parents surveyed in South Australia opposed banning school Christmas carols (stock image)
More than 98 per cent of parents surveyed by the South Australian Association of State School Organisations are opposed to the idea of keeping carols out of school.
Of the 1,179 people polled, only 19 are backing the department’s plan.
The parents’ group said mums and dads were concerned about ‘political correctness in the extreme’ and how Christmas was something people of other faiths celebrated.
Australian Conservatives leader Dennis Hood says the state Labor government had little regard for upholding traditional values.
Australian Conservatives leader Dennis Hood says Christmas carols are part of our heritage
‘A person does not have to be of the Christian faith to understand that these songs are part of our heritage and our tradition and that the messages they contain are positive and offer hope and a message of love,’ the upper house MP said.
‘In fact, many of those who responded to the survey were highly critical of the government and education department for trying to enforce yet more political correctness on the rest of society.’
The latest controversy in South Australia comes after Queensland’s minority Labor government considered banning schoolchildren from inviting classmates to religious events.
But the plan was scrapped earlier this month following an outcry from religious groups.