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Religious Education in Schools

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (14:56): My question is to the Treasurer, representing the Minister for Education. With regard to organisations that provide religious and cultural activities to schools, can the minister advise:

1. What oversight the education department has on these programs to ensure they are appropriate for children and are age appropriate?

2. Is the content of these programs audited?

3. Are there any standards or departmental policies on the content of these programs to ensure they are not being used to recruit new followers and that the focus is on comparative religious education?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (14:57): I am happy to take that question on notice and bring back a reply.



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