Islam in Australia

More controversy with the funding of Islamic schools

“Fahd Islamic school future in doubt after losing funding appeal”,, January 5, 2016:

SYDNEY’s biggest Islamic school has been stripped of $19 million a year in federal funding after a tribunal ruled the money had been misused.

The Malek Fahd Islamic School, which has 2500 students in three campuses in Greenacre, Beaumont Hills and Hoxton Park, now faces immediate closure.

The federal government froze funding last year amid concerns that money had been funnelled to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, now known as Muslims Australia.

The school appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), which has now ruled in the government’s favour.

In a ruling published today, the AAT found that Muslims Australia had been charging the school too much rent.

It found that the school had been operating “for profit’’, with profits benefiting Muslims Australia…

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