The Conversation: Religion in Australian schools: an historical and contemporary debate

Emma Rowe, Deakin University

In a nation that is increasingly secular, religion still plays a vital role in the way we run our country. In this series, we examine the role of religion in Australian politics and education.

Australia maintains one of the highest concentrations of religious schools compared to other OECD countries. This proportion fits with the higher proportion of students who are enrolled in private schools in Australia.

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The Conversation: Religious classes in schools must adapt to fit a changing Australia

In a nation that is increasingly secular, religion still plays a vital role in the way we run our country. In this series, we examine the role of religion in Australian politics and education.

Renae Barker, University of Western Australia

The role and place of religion in state schools has hit national headlines again in recent weeks. In Queensland, controversy has arisen over a proposed policy to restrict proselytising by students. And the New South Wales government’s religious education program, in which students not taking part in the classes pick up litter or do colouring in, has come under renewed criticism.

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Resources: 500 years of Luther and the Protestant Reformation



In October 2017, millions the world over will mark the 500th anniversary of what came to be called the Protestant Reformation with worship, music, festivals, gatherings, conferences, books and more. This page lists many resources for the celebration of 500 years of the Reformation.

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Victoria: School’s ‘turban ban’ displays common misunderstanding of equality

Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices? This issue is being considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Sagardeep Singh Arora, on behalf of his five-year-old son Sidhak Singh Arora, is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka, a Sikh head covering.

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Learning to Live Well Together: Case Studies in Interfaith Diversity

The St Phillips Centre in Leicester, UK, has a Travelling Road Show: A group (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Bahai, Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan, Jain, Humanist). Two members of the centre have prepared a book with reflections on learning to live together well in a multifaith environment.

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UK Bahá’í Presentation

Two representatives of the UK Bahá’í community presented to a selection of commissioners and members of the public at the first evidence gathering session for the Commission on RE, which took place on 23 February 2017. The main topics addressed in the Bahá’í presentation were the purpose of RE, the scope and content of RE is a changing world.
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