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Melina Bath MP:
Bath defends parental choice

Labor and the Greens have voted to defeat a motion introduced by Liberal and Nationals MPs aimed at blocking the Andrews Labor Government's contentious changes to homeschooling.

By Portal Admin - 31st August 2017 - Back to News

Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath said the Liberal-Nationals' amendments aimed to restore the rights of parents to make the best choice for their child and respect the individual needs of students.

Under the changes, families can be denied registration for home schooling if the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority deems it inappropriate for a child to be home schooled.

"The Liberal-Nationals believe parents who choose to home school their children should have that right to choose," Ms Bath said.

"The decision of families to homeschool their children is not made lightly – teachers do a fantastic job with the students in their care, but parents should have the right to choose to homeschool their children.

"If elected, a Liberal-Nationals government would create a standing home schooling advisory body to provide ongoing advice directly to government about the needs of home educators, and how to better support homeschooled students and their parents."

Media contact: Melina Bath 03 51747 066


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