Queensland Supreme Court’s decision on banning ‘kirpans’

The Queensland government is still considering their options after The Supreme Court of Queensland overturned a ban on knives in schools for religious reasons.

The law in Queensland under the Weapons Act says it’s prohibited to carry knives at a school without a reasonable excuse, and religion is included in this category, finding the law inconsistent with the Racial Discrimination Act.

The ban decision affected directly to the Sikh community, as kirpans are part of this community sector’s culture and religion.

Image: Image by Hari Singh on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hari_singh/3136276695

Produced By: Eduardo Jordan

Featured In Story: Dr Renae Barker – Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia

First aired on The Wire, Tuesday 3 October 2023