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Australian Muslims cry foul over Catholic school
Australian Muslims said Tuesday that racism was behind a Sydney council's decision to approve plans for a Catholic school and reject a proposal to build an Islamic school. The building projects are in the Sydney suburb of Camden, where five months ago the local council received 3,500 complaints about a plan to build an Islamic school and had to hire security guards to ensure order at meetings where the project was discussed.
Camden Mayor Chris Patterson said comparisons between the two projects were invalid because "any application is site-specific. If a Catholic church had put in for the Quranic Society site, it would not have been approved, and alternatively, if the Quranic Society had put in for the Mater Dei site, and it meets the criteria, it would be approved."
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