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Mom told to leave playgroup for not being 'multicultural'

NowToLove logo NowToLove 4/3/2017 Ellie McDonald

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd There’s just one word to sum up a situation like this...

Wow. Just… wow.

As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Sydney mom-of-two Tara Coverdale was told to leave a playgroup in the city suburb of Alexandria because this playgroup is for “multicultural families” only.

Ms. Coverdale, who was invited to take her four-year-old son and eight-month-old baby along to community center by her Russian-born friend, was left completely shocked when quizzed about her “background”.

According to Ms. Coverdale, after explaining to one of the center’s staff that she was a fourth-generation Australian, the staff member replied: “I’m sorry, you can’t come here. It’s for multicultural families and people who speak languages other than English at home.”

“I said ‘I’m not leaving’,” Ms. Coverdale explains.

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“My kids were playing. My older son was having such a good time with his buddy, and I thought, ‘Why should I leave?’”

Ms. Coverdale was then told to try joining another playgroup in Newtown or Erskineville and forced to leave.

“We’re in a pretty progressive area,” Tara said. “It’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded.”

And this is something Education Minister Rob Stokes detests.

"I was disappointed to hear that a mum and her young child felt they were not welcome… This is not acceptable," he says. "Everyone, regardless of their background, should feel included in these wonderful community activities." 

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