Labor Government backflips on Christmas carol ban
Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has been forced to backflip on his ban on singing traditional Christmas carols in Victorian government schools following pressure from the Liberal-Nationals coalition to remove the ban which would see schools in regional areas, such as Shepparton, miss out on the traditional Christmas cheer.
In November 2015, the Andrews Government issued a fact sheet to government school principals which imposed a ban on children singing traditional Christmas songs that glorified god.
This included principals being required to ensure that children were not taught to sing carols such as Silent Night, Away in a Manger or We Three Kings during school carols or pageants, as these welcome the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Luke O’Sullivan, has praised his colleague, The Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, for his work towards having the ban removed.
"Tim McCurdy really championed this issue. Over the past year we saw him launch a petition and speak out very strongly against the ban on Christmas carols in Victorian government schools." Mr O’Sullivan said.
"Without The Nationals standing strong behind this issue, we would have seen schools in the Shepparton region such as Congupna Primary School, Harston Primary School and Currawa Primary School and many others, miss out on something which is a big part of Australian culture."
Despite calls from the Victorian community, the Andrews Labor Government had previously refused to remove this ban. It has taken Daniel Andrews 12 months to admit he was wrong and remove the ridiculous ban.
"This is about the Andrews Government being more focused on imposing their values on Victorian school children than considering what people may actually want." Mr O’Sullivan said.
"We’ve seen success from the Nationals on this matter which is due in no small part to our persistence and passion."