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Dan Andrews' jackboot stomps on parents' rights
Friday, September 2, 2016

Parents want schools to teach values - everywhere


FamilyVoice Victoria director Peter Stevens says Premier Dan Andrews doesn’t appear to understand what parents want in a school.

“His bill announced this week – to make it much harder for faith-based schools to choose staff who support the school’s ethos – would breach the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 18(4),” Mr Stevens said.

“This Covenant, ratified by Australia, affirms the freedom of parents ‘to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions’.  That is, parents have the right to choose a school that supports their values – not only in religious education lessons, but also maths, English and other subjects, and through office and ancillary staff interaction with students.

“Values are taught throughout the school day,” Peter Stevens said.  “The school should not have to prove to an equal opportunity activist that a particular position requires support for the school’s faith-based ethos – all positions potentially require such support.  The law, which currently affirms religious freedom, should remain as it is!”

Peter Stevens said it is ironic that the Victorian government, which boasts about its Charter of Rights, should so blatantly seek to undermine freedom of religion – a fundamental human right.    


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