There was a wave of immense public outrage when an enrolment contract for Brisbane’s Citipointe Christian College was released before the start of term 1 2022.
The enrolment contract, for parents to sign, stated that “the college will only enrol the student on the basis of the gender that corresponds to their biological sex”
Another clause states the college has the right to “exclude a student from the college” should they not adhere to the “doctrinal precepts including those as to biological sex”.
Part of the enrolment contract also says that “any form of sexual immorality (including but not limited to; adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, bisexual acts, bestiality, incest, paedophilia, and pornography) is sinful and offensive to God and is destructive to human relationships and society”.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner (LNP) is a former student of the school and has publicly endorsed the college.
He’s also made a donation of at least $500 to the Citipointe Foundation Trust.
The Labor opposition councillors in City Hall condemned the enrolment contract and tried to pass a motion in a Council meeting on 1 February 2022, calling on Brisbane City Council to “condemn the discriminatory practice of the Citipointe Christian College and join calls for its enrolment contract to be recalled.”
The LNP Mayor and LNP Councillors refused to support the motion and used their majority to block it.
Labor Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy moved the motion.
“Labor moved this motion to condemn Citipointe Christian College and its enrolment contract because we believe as this city’s governing body, Brisbane City Council should be taking a public stance against such harmful discrimination in our community,” Cr Cassidy said.
“It was extremely disappointing, but certainly not surprising to see each and every LNP Councillor in the chamber, including Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, block this motion and refuse to condemn this discrimination against children.
“In 2020 he also voted against our motion to remove petitions from the Council website which contained hate speech against the LGBTIQ+ community and in 2016 he voted against a motion to support the legalisation of same sex marriage.
“Adrian Schrinner’s values clearly do not align with the values of Brisbane as a progressive and inclusive city.”
Citipointe Christian College has since revoked the enrolment contract.