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Parents call for hijab ban at Benowa State School

Tensions threaten to reach boiling point at a Queensland primary school as parents push to ban Muslim students wearing the hijab. 

Benowa State School P&C President, Brooke Patterson, called for the ban after she claimed she was asked to design uniforms for young girls which provided 'sexual modesty coverings.'

'We need to debate this now, otherwise in three months there will be a Muslim uniform in state schools in Queensland,' she told the Liberal National Party state conference. 

Tensions threaten to reach boiling point at a Queensland primary school as parents push to ban Muslim students wearing the hijab. Benowa State School P&C President, Brooke Patterson (pictured), said: 'We need to debate this now'

Tensions threaten to reach boiling point at a Queensland primary school as parents push to ban Muslim students wearing the hijab. Benowa State School P&C President, Brooke Patterson (pictured), said: 'We need to debate this now'

The Benowa State School P&C President warned there will soon be a separate uniform for Muslim students 

The Benowa State School P&C President warned there will soon be a separate uniform for Muslim students 

The school principal, Michael Josey, called for Ms Patterson to stand down and said uniform policy had to be in line with anti-discrimination laws

The school principal, Michael Josey, called for Ms Patterson to stand down and said uniform policy had to be in line with anti-discrimination laws

The school principal, Michael Josey, called for Ms Patterson to stand down and said uniform policy had to be in line with anti-discrimination laws, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

'You will need to step aside with this matter and declare a conflict of interest, as your own personal political views cannot represent or influence the views of the P&C at this school,' Mr Josey wrote. 

But Ms Patterson is standing firm, claiming allowing young girls to wear religious clothing effectively creates a separate uniform

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