Primary school kids made to chant Aboriginal protest slogans

A Sydney primary school's assembly routine has ignited outrage as students are used in the controversial act.

Primary school kids made to chant Aboriginal protest slogans
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A Sydney primary school has ignited a heated debate by instructing students to touch the ground and recite "always was, always will be Aboriginal land" before each assembly.

According to a mother from the NSW Blue Mountains, who preferred the school remain unnamed, the phrase – a politically charged slogan since the 1980s – was recently incorporated into the school's assemblies.

"I only noticed recently," she said. "I'm not sure a lot of people know. We have to touch the ground and say 'always was, always will be Aboriginal land' at the start of assembly. A lot of the parents look confused when they place their hands on the floor for the Acknowledgement of Country."

Another parent confirmed the practice had been in place for some time.

he NSW Department of Education supports Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country ceremonies as part of their reconciliation action plan.

The department’s stated goal is to foster "greater understanding of and respect" for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within schools and the broader community.

Dr Bella d’Arbera, Director of the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), criticised the practice, calling it an “appalling example of activism and division being forced upon our students.”

"It’s not surprising these ceremonies at schools are becoming more elaborate by the day. There is no place for activism in any classroom in Australia."

Last month, Dr d’Arbera raised the influence of social justice and gender ideology in public schools. She highlighted IPA research showing that the federal government's early years learning framework mentioned diversity, equity, and inclusion 140 times, and Indigenous issues over 90 times, while omitting terms like parents, mother, and father.

In a related controversy, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Jacinta Nampijinpa Price expressed her shock after a Ramsgate Public School played an offensive song over its speaker system. The song by Birdz, "Bagi-la-m Bargan," described Captain Cook as a "murderer" and a "white devil," which drew sharp criticism from parents and the community.

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  • By Avi Yemini

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