From the EditorIn this editorial, Edwin Thor
discusses some of the pitfalls of getting involved with legal issues.
Third Home Education Network
As mentioned earlier in Optionality Magazine, published monthly
by Quintessence, the United Nations have replied to the petition initiated
by THEN. Although the U.N. does not guarantee to take matters further, the
Chief of the Communications Section of the Centre of Human Rights at the
U.N. has been very helpful in informing THEN how to submit a petition.
Some people within THEN object against the United Nations as an
organisation. In Australia, there is considerable debate about whether or
not Australia should become a republic. The U.N.'s Covenant on civil and
political rights is seen as an unnecessary duplication of rights already
recognised in Australia by the Constitution, by the Queen and the legacy
of British Law. Therefore, THEN has decided both to petition the U.N. and
Neverthless, I can imagine that there are many
homeschoolers who object against any such a petition. Like me, they object
against any government control over education (and other matters), whether
this is exercised by government departments, the Queen or by a
supra-national body such as the U.N. This issue received considerable
debate in Optionality Magazine, with the result that any further political
action is now left to organisations such as THEN, VOCAL and VOICELESS.
Bob Osmak, president of VOCAL and president of the Queensland
Homeschoolers Association (uninc.), has made a submission in reply to the
issue paper of the Department of Family Services on changes to the
Children's Services Act 1965. Note that Queensland's Criminal Code is also
under review at the moment. I therefore invite all interested parties to
comment on the preferred scope of political activism and to give some
feedback as to any further action you expect from THEN.
[ editorial, THEN newsletter, 29 September 1993 ]
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