SWIPE LEFT! Controversial Schoolies partnership with Tinder scrapped

UPDATE @ October 30 | A controversial partnership between Schoolies and dating app Tinder has been given the flick following outrage from parents and the Queensland Government.

News of the pairing was revealed earlier this week after Schoolies organisers sent out an email to school-leavers encouraging them to sign up to the app to access exclusive deals.

“GET ON THIS… Tinder is coming to Schoolies in 2019 to make every SINGLE moment count,” the controversial email said.


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“Because we know single never has to go home early, knows all the best places and goes home with the wildest stories.

“Download the app to unlock amazing Schoolies experiences #SingleNotSorry”.

Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones echoed the fears of other Queensland parents and said the State Government was also of the opinion that the partnership sent the wrong message to young people.

“As a parent myself I do not support this partnership with Tinder and I think we should give it a huge swipe to the left and reject it,” the Minister said on Tuesday.

Following the outrage, Schoolies organisers announced on Wednesday afternoon that they would no longer be proceeding with the partnership.

“We feel confident that Tinder would have been able to help Schoolies attendees connect safely with other high school graduates during this exciting time of their lives, but have decided not to continue with the partnership,” Schoolies.com CEO Matt Lloyd said in a statement.

EARLIER @ October 29 | “I think we should give it a massive swipe to the left and reject it” – that’s the message from Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones following the revelation that Schoolies has teamed up with dating app Tinder for this year’s celebrations on the Gold Coast.

At a press conference in Southport on Tuesday, Ms Jones made clear the State Government’s thoughts on the controversial pairing.

“As a parent myself I do not support this partnership with Tinder and I think we should give it a huge swipe to the left and reject it,” the Minister said.

“We have worked really hard as a Government to build safe and responsible experiences where our young people can come and have a great time at Schoolies, so I share parents concerns and I don’t think that we should be entering into a partnership with Tinder.”

Schoolies organisers sent out an email to graduates this week, encouraging them to hook up with other school leavers on Tinder during the week-long celebrations on the glitter strip.

“GET ON THIS… Tinder is coming to Schoolies in 2019 to make every SINGLE moment count,” the controversial email reads.

“Because we know single never has to go home early, knows all the best places and goes home with the wildest stories.

“Download the app to unlock amazing Schoolies experiences #SingleNotSorry”.

Ms Jones said she believes the partnership is not sending a very good message.

“We know that many students who participate in schoolies in Queensland are still only 17-years-old so I share the outrage of many parents across Queensland,” the Minister said.

“To me this seems like a massive step backwards from the great work that has been happening to give parents confidence that their child will be safe and have a great time at schoolies.”

Ms Jones said the State Government will be voicing their concern, but said it was important parents also expressed their opinion.

“I know that the Education Minister is having a look at this, but I think this is one where Queenslanders and parents should say very loudly and clearly what their voice is.

“I call on parents to come out and support Brisbane parent Libby Marshall who has been on the front foot in acknowledging this… Certainly the Queensland Government will be making our strong objection heard as well.”

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What are the dates when schoolies start and finish?