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http://firstpamustang.org/calendar/action~month/exact_date~1470024000/request_format~html/ While advising and advocating for parents, caregivers, concerned citizens and relevant organisations Australia wide, we are actively pursuing change to government laws and policies regarding religious instruction and federally funded religious chaplains in Australian public schools. It is also our belief that many of the same government laws and policies are in breach of, and may be challenged under, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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References within this paywalled 6 August Courier Mail article to religious instruction currently being conducted on an 'opt-out' basis in Queensland public schools are completely inaccurate as described via our June 2017 blog post:

spe.org.au/time-to-enforce/

The article reads:

Independent Public Schools would be capped and religion would be taught on an opt-in basis under a proposal to front the Queensland Labor State Conference later this month.

A draft plan, obtained by The Courier-Mail, reveals the push to reduce the amount of religion taught in state schools, with a number of references to a "secular" education system.

Rank-and-file Labor members will be asked to vote on hundreds of agenda items at the conference, which also include the banning of balloons, decriminalising prostitution, and regulating the number of drug and alcohol tests employers can perform on employees.

About 250 schools throughout Queensland currently operate under the IPS model, including the likes of Brisbane State High, which gives them more input into their curriculum.

However, the submission to the draft platform argues that the system has seen state schools competing against each other".

"Labor supports school autonomy and local decision- making, but the introduction of Independent Public Schools by the former Newman government has created a two-tiered education system," the document says.

The Courier-Mail last week revealed Education Minister Grace Grace had ordered a review into the IPS program, just three months after a request from the powerful Queensland Teachers' Union to axe it completely.

Religion is currently taught on an "opt-out" basis in Queensland state schools, which would be set to change under the proposal.

It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and then Education Minister Kate Jones decided not to change the program after an inquiry during their first term of government.

Balloons would also be banned in Queensland on the back of a controversial single use plastic bag ban.

Labor State Secretary Julie-Ann Campbell said the final agenda for the conference was yet to be completed.

"This is a draft document. Members will have an opportunity to comment and debate the document in accordance with our democratic ALP policy processes," she said.

The conference will be held in Brisbane from August 31.
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References within this paywalled 6 August Courier Mail article to religious instruction currently being conducted on an opt-out basis in Queensland public schools are completely inaccurate as described via our June 2017 blog post:

http://spe.org.au/time-to-enforce/

The article reads:

Independent Public Schools would be capped and religion would be taught on an opt-in basis under a proposal to front the Queensland Labor State Conference later this month.

A draft plan, obtained by The Courier-Mail, reveals the push to reduce the amount of religion taught in state schools, with a number of references to a secular education system.

Rank-and-file Labor members will be asked to vote on hundreds of agenda items at the conference, which also include the banning of balloons, decriminalising prostitution, and regulating the number of drug and alcohol tests employers can perform on employees.

About 250 schools throughout Queensland currently operate under the IPS model, including the likes of Brisbane State High, which gives them more input into their curriculum.

However, the submission to the draft platform argues that the system has seen state schools competing against each other.
 
Labor supports school autonomy and local decision- making, but the introduction of Independent Public Schools by the former Newman government has created a two-tiered education system, the document says.

The Courier-Mail last week revealed Education Minister Grace Grace had ordered a review into the IPS program, just three months after a request from the powerful Queensland Teachers Union to axe it completely.

Religion is currently taught on an opt-out basis in Queensland state schools, which would be set to change under the proposal.

It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and then Education Minister Kate Jones decided not to change the program after an inquiry during their first term of government.

Balloons would also be banned in Queensland on the back of a controversial single use plastic bag ban.

Labor State Secretary Julie-Ann Campbell said the final agenda for the conference was yet to be completed.

This is a draft document. Members will have an opportunity to comment and debate the document in accordance with our democratic ALP policy processes, she said.

The conference will be held in Brisbane from August 31.

 

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It should not even be an option ....

It pisses me off that it is still taught at public schools

Mark Robinson MP for Qld liberal is so upset that kids arent being forced into religion.

Get religion out of our schools and government and the world would be a better place.

I see the Courier Mail puts the word 'secular' in scare quotes. Funny, I thought the original idea of our education system was that it was "universal, secular and free".

Okay what have balloons got to do with religion in schools. Scratches head.

Lot's of paedo priests are very upset.

If you are a member of Labor, contact your state conference delegates about this.

You need to be taking this a hell of a lot further. A lesson from the UK. Say NO to Faith Schools www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIcVusf3J20

When I was 12 my teacher told me I need to be a journalist. I told him that I was not unbiased enough and like using emotive language to much. I know wonder if he laugh at my nativity or cried for when I learnt the truth?

Good. Get your fantasies out of schools. Keep your brainwashing in your churches. Schools should be secular.

Government policy is for RI to be opt in. Queensland has had policy change by willful ignorance so schools pretend its opt out.

Not hard to guess where the reporter and editor sit on the subject.

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