Sydney pool gets swim screen for Muslim women

Sydney pool gets swim screen for Muslim women, by Melissa Yeo.

PRIVACY curtains have been installed at a new public pool in Auburn so Muslim women can swim without being seen by other pool users.

The lightweight curtain runs around the glass walls of the program pool where female-only swimming sessions are held for two hours each Sunday. Pool staff can draw the curtain to block the view into pool when the sessions are held.

Belgravia Leisure, which operates the refurbished council-run facility which was opened in March, says the curtain was installed to overcome cultural barriers and encourage Muslim women to use the pool.

Our culture bends to accommodate their culture. Why? Why only for Muslims? Do many Muslim immigrants intend to assimilate, or do they see themselves as colonizers and superior, as the Koran instructs?

‘What next, curtains around Bondi Beach?’ Mark Latham slams Sydney council for putting screens around a public pool for Muslim women to swim in private without having to wear ‘burkinis’, by Stephen Johnson.

Media personality Mark Latham says putting up curtains at a Sydney public swimming pool to cater for Muslim women is a step towards putting drapes around section of Bondi Beach – as an Islamic sheikh likened it to imposing sharia law in Australia’s suburbs.

The council-run Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre in the city’s west has installed a retractable curtain around one of its three pools so women can swim privately during two set time slots on Wednesdays, infuriating many residents who said it was like ‘segregation’. …

Mr Latham, a former federal Labor leader, said it set an awful precedent and undermined Australia’s egalitarian values about people from all different backgrounds mixing together.

‘Where does it end? What’s the next step? Down at Bondi Beach, we’re going to have some curtained-off area, or something, it’s just ridiculous,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.

While Mr Latham supported the right of Muslim women to swim in a burkini, he said councils were bowing to left-wing demands to protect minority groups instead of encouraging individuals to come to terms with their modesty issues.

‘It’s not going to be very helpful for Islamic integration into the broader Australian community,’ he said. ‘Enclaves are a disaster for Australian multiculturalism. It becomes monocultural.’