AL AMANAH ISLAMIC COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION: BASS HILL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS FIELDS
Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE:
I ask the Minister for Lands a question without notice. Is it a fact that a corporate body called Garden View Apartments deceitfully purchased former sports fields of Bass Hill High School for $4.45 million with the definite intention to develop the land for residential housing? Is it a fact that the major shareholder in Garden View Apartments, Al Amanah College, then sought to use the land for a new exclusive 1,200-pupil Islamic school? Is it a fact that Bankstown council has twice unanimously rejected the Al Amanah Islamic College building application but that the college has indicated that it will now fight a protracted and expensive legal battle? Is it a fact that the spokesman for the Islamic Friendship Association, Keysar Trad, has also said this divisive school should not go ahead because of the way the college went about purchasing the land? Will the Government intervene in this serious matter to implement government policy that a non-government school cannot be built next to an existing government school?
The Hon. TONY KELLY: I thank Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile for his question and undertake to get him an answer as soon as I can.