Christian Democratic Party leader the Rev. Fred Nile has told the New South Wales Government that he won’t vote for its new IR legislation unless it agrees to cancel ethics classes in New South Wales public schools.
Retaining the classes was a key election promise of the O’Farrell Coalition Government.
The Uniting Church supported the introduction of ethics classes for those who do not attend Special Religious Education.
Parents opt out about 100,000 children from SRE classes.
Primary Ethics now offers a non-compulsory alternative to that section of each school community. It says it has started 180 ethics classes in 128 schools across the state, teaching about 2,700 students in Years 5 and 6 each week.
Primary Ethics believes the ethics classes have had a minor effect, if any, on enrolments in SRE classes.
It expects most people would be appalled that Mr Nile would seek to hold children to ransom and try to blackmail the government into moving against both the parents and the overwhelming majority of New South Wales voters.
The Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has said that the government will not cancel ethics classes but Primary Ethics is encouraging supporters of ethics classes to contact their state MPs and ask for confirmation that the government will not cave in.