Sunday, 26 June 2016

Right Wing Schools and Abuse of Privilege

Malka Leifer and the Adass Ultra Orthodox School in Melbourne and The Exclusive Brethren would not expect to have a lot in common but they do at one level.  What they have in common is treating children in a way that is not acceptable to the general community and accepting taxpayers’ money to do so.  Malka Leifer allegedly sexually assaulted a number of young women when she was the religious leader at the Adass shool.  When it became clear she was going to be interviewed by Victoria Police the school board flew her and her family out of Australia to Israel.  There she has been fighting extradition since 2008.  This school which accepts public money clearly believes there are above the law.

The Exclusive Brethren, now called the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, also has a history of supporting members who sexually abuse children. A man was convicted and jailed for offences including raping a child under 10. The sect first excommunicated the man but then reinstated him knowing that he had sexually abused two young girls who were living with him and attending the school where he was a trustee.  Yet again public money is being used to support a system where the organisation is not safe for children and contravenes in these sort of cases the law of the land.

Taxpayers’ money should not be used to support institutions that ignore Australia’s laws and believe that these laws do not apply to them.

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