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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Recently issued Victorian Education Department Ministerial Direction MD141 on Special Religious Instruction in Government schools requires publication of SRI Curriculum materials in the public domain. On this page, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia post their materials for Hindu SRI Classes in State Schools.
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On this page, we list resources relating to the Sikh Religion and way of life.
Dept of Education NSW Curriculum Support: Celebrating Diversity (integration of religious diversity, Sikh and Hindu, into K-6 HSIE) PDF
Dying Wish The story of a Sikh- Australian who wished for his ashes to be taken home to India
ABC Splash: Sikhs in Contemporary Australia
Sikh Society of South Australia: What is Sikhism
Sikhs in Australia: Arrival of Indians in Australia
Overview and History of Sikhs in Australia: Australian Sikhs
Racism, No Way: Introduction to Sikhs in Australia
Sikhs.org Glossary, Explanation of Sikh names and general resources
Harimandir Sahib – the Golden Temple: A Day at Darbar Sahib (The holiest shrine of Sikhism)
Saldef – Learn About Sikhs
Saldef – Brochure: Welcome to the Gurdwara (PDF)
An Insight into Sikh Philosophy and Beliefs: Sikh the Truth (PDF)
Harmandir Sahib – the holiest shrine of the Sikh Religion