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Should religious education be taught in public schools?

General religious education is still a big part of the Australian school curriculum.

In WA, public schools are able to offer general religious education as part of their curriculum if the class focus on “major forms of religion characteristic of Australian and other societies in the world”.

However, even though some schools offer alternative classes to religion education, students are often enrolled in general religious education unless parents state otherwise.

Australian Education Union federal president Correna Haythorpe and Queensland lawyer, mother and campaigner Alison Courtice have been very vocal about the issue, urging WA public schools to remain secular.

They join Karl to discuss the topic.

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Karl O'Callaghan