Wednesday, 12 May 2021
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1095.
I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the 2014 review by Donnelly and Wiltshire into our National Curriculum recommended more emphasis on our Judeo-Christian heritage and the role of Western civilisation in contributing to our society, and
(ii) the 2021 review of our National Curriculum de-emphasises our Judeo-Christian heritage; and
(b) further notes:
(i) that our customs and laws are based on our Judeo-Christian heritage, and
(ii) that an Australian curriculum should include the origin of our customs and laws; and
(c) resolves to include in our National Curriculum our Judeo-Christian heritage.
The last thing we need right now is One Nation's reactionary meddling in important and carefully considered proposed changes to the Australian Curriculum. We've seen this before on curriculum matters with their paranoid transphobic ranting about indoctrination in our schools. Last year it was One Nation's attempt to rewrite the curriculum to teach climate denialism and harmful conservative ideas of gender and sexuality. Now they're worried about the overwhelming whiteness of the curriculum being dialled down just a notch. Australia is a highly multicultural country with a rich history of First Nations custodianship and care. It is entirely appropriate and essential that this is reflected in the Australian Curriculum. We should be teaching all students the truth of invasion, genocide and colonialism.