I think the idea of telling the entire community that they must cease what, I gather, is an essential religious practice from tomorrow is an appalling, knee-jerk reaction on the part of the state government.
If they want to discuss work-arounds in light of todays incident then there are ways to do that but announcing an immediate ban on a practice that has been followed for fifty years in Australia without incident is pretty evidently an overreaction to one incident. We’re not talking about a loop-hole that allows bikies to carry knives on a false pretext, this is an exception to existing rules that recognises the difference between a flick-knife and a kirpan.
There is no time for students to find an acceptable alternative and it has the potential to result in students missing school until some sort of alternative can be reached. To me it smacks of an embattled liberal government looking for a minority community to harass in order to appease the uglier parts of their base.