Parents Urged To Call Police If Their Kids Are Turned Away From School
Queensland LNP Party member Andrew Laming made the bizarre appeal to parents in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday.
However, police say they are powerless to act until health authorities order schools to reopen and even then, they wouldn't be the authority responsible for handling complaints.
Federal MP Andrew Laming is urging parents to call the police on schools if they won't accept students because of fears around the spread of coronavirus
Mr Laming, who represents the seat of Bowman in Brisbane insists vulnerable students from poorer families are falling behind their peers while essential workers are being bullied into keeping their children at home.
'Please, pick up your enrolment forms, hold them above your head, march into school, drop your kids off and if they try and prevent those kids from going to school, call the police,' he said.
'This is witchcraft. We are back in the Middle Ages with these unions.'
He described the decision to open schools only for the children of essential workers and vulnerable families as a war against working mums.
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The Queensland government will consider whether or not to open schools to all student in mid-May (PICTURED: Michelle Merrimen helps her daughter with online learning on the first day of term two in Queensland)
The Queensland government will consider whether or not to open schools to all student in mid-May.
Mr Laming believes schools aren't opening because the Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace is being controlled by unions.
Ms Grace has describing his claims as outrageous.
'This is from someone who I'm starting to think is acting a little bit idiotic and it is quite ridiculous,' she said.
'Every single school in Australia and around the world is impacted by this pandemic.
Schools across the country are adapting to online learning as restrictions vary state by state around openings and face to face lessons (PICTURED: A sign outside Cobar Public School in New South Wales)
'So these outrageous claims, calling unnecessary anxiety and causing stress amongst our principals and teachers, are simply ridiculous.'
Schools will remain closed in Queensland until the state's Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young orders them to reopen.
Any complaints around decisions on pupil intake and opening should be directed to the Queensland Education department.
However, police say they are powerless to act until health authorities order schools to reopen and even then, they wouldn't be the authority responsible for "fb hỗ trợ" handling complaints