Report of Committee on Religious Education
In 1972, the Victorian Minister for Education, the Hon. L. H. S. Thompson, initiated a Committee under the chairmanship of the former Deputy Director General of Education, W. B. Russell, to examine religious education in Government schools.
After two years of research with the Committee meeting on 30 occasions, the Chairman, W. B. Russell, delivered the final report, titled, Report of the Committee on Religious Education – Victoria, 1974, in September 1974. The Report’s key recommendations were that:
- religious instruction in State schools be progressively replaced by the kind of religious education delineated in the body of this Report. [Note: The Report describes what might currently be referred to as General Religious Education (GRE), as defined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Namely, ‘In this section “general religious education” means education about the major forms of religious thought and expression characteristic of Australian society and other societies in the world.’]
- the programs of religious [HSV prefers ‘world-view’] education in each school be conducted by Departmental teachers . . .
- when religious education, along the lines recommended in this Report, has been satisfactorily established in the schools, the Minister then consider the desirability of seeking the repeal of Section 23 of the Education Act [Note: now Section 2.2.11 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006]
Full text (in PDF) of Report of the Committee on Religious Education – Victoria, 1974