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Australian university allows sex segregation at Islamic events

Melbourne University

Melbourne University

Australian opposition party leader Tony Abbott has condemned Melbourne University for allowing gender segregation at on-campus Islamic events, branding the practice “a leap back into the dark ages.”

“I just think it’s un-Australian what’s happened here and I can’t understand for a second why Melbourne University would tolerate it,” the Opposition Leader said.

“I would expect members of parliament who want to see a fair and decent and passionate society which treats women equally … to be up in arms about this.”

At an April 13 lecture on Islamic Jihad in Syria, signs directed “sisters” to the back of the theatre, and “brothers” to the front.

Gender segregation was also encouraged at an information session for prospective Australian Islamic Peace Conference volunteers held by the Islamic Research and Educational Academy at the university’s Public Lecture Theatre on March 10.

The university said the events were held by external organisations and it would not intervene to prevent the practice.

Mr Abbott said that was unacceptable.

“I find that absolutely extraordinary that a great liberal institution would take a huge leap back into the dark ages,” he said.

Opposition spokeswoman for the status of women Michaelia Cash called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, to condemn the gender segregation on campus.

“The Coalition strongly supports gender equality and will not tolerate any culture or society in Australia that refuses to accept this fundamental principle of gender equality,” she said.

“Women in Australian society are equal to men regardless of their race, religion and sex and we recognise women and men as co-contributors to the economic and social wellbeing of Australia.”

There has so far been no response from Minister Collins.

Source: The Australian – Abbott condemns Melbourne University over sex segregation at Islamic events

About Craig Hill

Social Justice Campaigner. Business and Education Consultant. Former Business/ESL Teacher. Lived in China and USA. Dealing with disability. My articles have been cited in New York Times, BBC, Fox News, Aljazeera, Philippines Star, South China Morning Post, National Interest, news.com.au, Wikipedia and many other international publications.


4 thoughts on “Australian university allows sex segregation at Islamic events

  1. Sharia won’t be far behind.

    Posted by journeymans | April 27, 2013, 02:51
  2. Reblogged this on Netskool Blog and commented:
    Strange business

    Posted by netskool | April 29, 2013, 01:03


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