March 24, 2009


Acting vice-chancellor Maddy McMaster of Melbourne's RMIT said it was not for universities to provide consecrated religious spaces.

"A university's responsibility to its students is to provide them with a quality education," she said. "Recognising that the educational experience is not confined to the classroom, RMIT offers other services, including prayer rooms. It falls to religious communities to provide the consecrated spaces."

The protests have been long and loud and will continue, despite RMIT providing a multi-denominational prayer space that is set aside solely for the use of Muslim students for many hours a day. Not good enough, apparently.

A small moment of sense prevails. A rare moment from the ivory tower.

Uni rejects demand for Muslims' prayer room

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