The TC Beirne School of Law announced this morning that the next dean will be Professor Patrick Parkinson.
A family law expert, Professor Parkinson has stoked controversy in the past due to his opposition to Safe Schools, support for traditional concepts of marriage, and expression of concern over the 'secularization' of marriage.
While the appointment has worried students of diverse backgrounds about whether their chances of gaining entry to TC Beirne have been damaged. However, devout Christian Ged McArthur has told The Obiter he is confused about the widespread concern.
“I don’t know why anyone is worried,” pondered the Year 12 Terrace student, who hopes to study Law at UQ in 2019. “When I chat to evangelicals every Sunday after mass, I have not once felt victimised. What are all these kids going on about!?”
McArthur, whose Mum and Dad lunched with Professor Parkinson several times in Sydney during a Vote No Conference, said that the new Dean is apparently a really nice bloke. “I just can’t imagine him judging me or being unfair to me in any way,” the student who wears the rosary non-ironically told The Obiter when we met with him after his nightly rehearsal for The Passion of the Christ: The Musical!
While homosexual, bisexual and transgender students have expressed outrage at Professor Parkinson’s appointment, McArthur is truly baffled by the backlash. “All the boys at Terrace reckon he’s going to be super friendly! We were knocking about backstage at the weekly liturgy, chatting about sins, when one of the fellas said how excited he is to meet him. I totally agree!”
At press time, McArthur was setting a bush on fire near the Great Court in order to get in early and impress the new Dean.