THEN Petition to the Queen
What follows below is a copy of a petition sent by THEN to the
Third Home Education Network
29 September 1993
Her Majesty the Queen
THEN, the Third Home Education Network, hereby submits this
petition regarding homeschooling. In Australia, the Queensland Government
refuses to accept homeschooling in the sense of parents educating their
own children. The law only allows this when done by a qualified teacher,
fully registered as such in Queensland, and only when complying with the
conditions for dispensation from compulsory school attendance, as
supervised by the Home Schooling State Committee.
In a growing
number of places around the world, homeschooling is now well accepted. In
the U.S. as well as the U.K., prohgibition of homeschooling has been found
to be in violation of the Constitution, c.q. the associated civil rights.
As both Australia and the U.K. have Queen Elizabeth II as head of State,
one wonders how such discrepancies can occur. On June 2, 1953, Queen
Elizabeth II pronounced the Oath of Coronation, promising to protect the
people's rights as defined in Magna Carta and the 1688 Bill of Rights. As
Australian Law is basically derived from British law, including respect
for Magna Carte and the 1688 Bill of Rights, the question is if the Queen
has sufficiently protected the Queensland people's rights as promised in
Therefore, THEN sends this petition to the Queen, as a
reminder of these promises and suggesting the Queen use the reserve powers
available under the Australian Constitution to block any legislation
proposed by the Australian Federal Parliament, until such time as the
Queensland Government stops harassing Queensland residents who elect to
educate their own children.
Of course, THEN will be equally happy
with other remedies the Queen sees fit to apply and trusts this
communication itself to be part of such remedies. Therefore, it is of
great importance that receipt of this petition is acknowledged and that
feedback is given about subsequent action.
The Third Home Education
[ copy of letter published in the THEN newsletter, 29
September 1993 ]
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