Australia Needs Your Emails Immediately! (February 24, 2006)
Practical Homeschooling columnist and Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Senior Counsel Chris Klicka just sent us this email:
Recently, Home School Legal Defense Association was contacted by
Anthony White, the homeschool leader in the State of Victoria in
Australia. Their state is facing a bill that will cause homeschoolers
to be placed under the Department of Education's arbitrary authority.
At this time, out of five states in Australia, Victoria has the best
law. Homeschool parents have the freedom to train their children
without any regulations. Unfortunately, this is about to change.
Our brothers and sisters in Victoria are few and not currently
organized. As a result, these homeschool restrictions cannot be
stopped...unless there is an international outcry from the homeschool
community. HSLDA is asking you to help our homeschooling friends "down
under" when they need us most. Take a moment and write an email as
soon as possible.
HSLDA will send the email, under your email address, to 131 members of
the Victorian Parliament.
You have made the difference before on behalf of homeschoolers in
foreign lands. Please read our "Background" below to see examples of
other countries where homeschoolers in America have stopped bad laws
and help lift restrictions on fellow homeschoolers.
Please write an email to the members of the Victorian Parliament in
Australia and give them this message in your own words:
Please keep homeschooling free in Victoria and amend the proposed
Education Bill. Homeschooling works and parents and parental freedom
to homeschool without these unnecessary proposed regulations is needed
to protect parental liberty. We urge you to remove the need for home
educators in Section 2.1.1(b) and Section 4.3.9 to register and comply
with the Department of Education administrative regulations. If this
is passed homeschoolers will be subject to arbitrary regulations by
the Department of Education who has a prejudicial interest in
Also, amend Section 2.1.1(b) so that the attendance requirements are
in line with current legislation of the Community Service Act of 1970.
The current legislation already allows the Victorian government to
prosecute families if they are not doing a good job of delivering
"regular and efficient instruction" as is mandated by the code
requiring homeschoolers to provide "regular and efficient instruction"
is all that is needed to protect the welfare and future of the child.
In fact, the current law in Victoria is similar to laws in the various
states in the United States.
If it's not broken, there is no need to fix it. Homeschoolers in
Victoria have been doing a good job training their children. Let
homeschooling remain free in Victoria.
You can also add a paragraph about the tremendous success academically
and socially you are experiencing with your own homeschool. Personal
anecdotes of success are very effective.
Use our online form to send your email.
Your email to Parliament needs to be sent immediately because one of
the key votes is taking place on Monday, February 27. Since Australia
is essentially 14 hours ahead of us, their Monday is our Sunday, so
please send your emails immediately!
Australia needs your help. You can make a difference for the fledgling
homeschool movement in Victoria.
You can view some of HSLDA's work in other countries by visiting the
international section at http://www.hslda.org/hs/international .
In the past, U.S. homeschoolers have had similar opportunities to help
struggling families in other countries. We have seen some dramatic
South Africa: two homeschool parents were freed from prison and,
eventually, homeschooling was legalized.
Germany: a case against a homeschool family was dropped.
Ireland: home visit legislation was defeated.
Thank you for helping your brothers and sisters in Australia.
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel