In response to a private letter sent to all New South Wales school principals by Senator Burston, the NSW Education Minister, as reported in the Guardian on 4 December 2017 “I strongly suggest to principals that they place all correspondence from the One Nation senator in the nearest recycling bin when it arrives,” Stokes said. “Perhaps then, some good may still come from it.”
Senator Burston responded, “He must be very athletic. I seem to recall that on 11 October 2017, this same Minister it was reported in the Australian said, ‘as schools across the nation confront the threat of extremism, Mr Stokes said there was a need to enshrine basic values, such as upholding democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, equality and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
“That guy should be doing backflips for Australia in the Olympics. He is either confused, or politically expedient. How can the electorate trust someone who folds on any subject faster than Superman on laundry day? This is typical Liberal Party dodging – just as on the PFAS issue in Williamtown and Oakey – hoping no-one notices.
“Perhaps he should not have been chosen as Education Minister. After all, on his first visit to a school after assuming the position he admitted ‘I am no expert on education.’ I doubt he is expert on very much at all.” Said Senator Burston who is out meeting the people now that federal parliament has risen for the final time this year.