August 21, 2015

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino has announced that Special Religious Instruction (SRI) will be removed from school hours in 2016. SRI will be taken out of class-time and treated as an elective.

Instead, children in Victorian public schools will be taught about the major religions which make up our multicultural community, together with secular humanism and ethics – by class teachers as part of the official curriculum.

This is the prize we have been working for since FIRIS formed in 2011. And today the dream is a reality! FIRIS is grateful to the thousands of parent supporters. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!


  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs, or none.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run Religious Instruction (SRI/SRE) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

FIRIS is a parent-driven grassroots effort.  



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Nick Cater explains how Australia was the Enlightenment's boldest experiment.

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Nick Cater remains one of the most articulate and insightful observers of how Australia's founding differs from America's along the dimension of being a "secular country" and one made by the enlightenment. It turns out that "our foundations" are not the same as those of the American colonies! ... See MoreSee Less

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Fiona PitmanReally?? Insights from ideologues always make me uncomfortable, and i'm not the only one who thinks this: week ago

Jim LittleWhile this - - is pretty good, I don't find Cater to be articulate or fully insightful in many things, so I wonder how complete his commentary is, or how complete his comparisons are.1 week ago

Gavin ParsonsHere is another contribution to Aussie psyche week ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolWell these are some totally non substantive comments! We don't like his book, so we don't think his paper contrasting the differential role of the enlightenment is good either. These observations are fantastic, and a valuable contribution to the place of secular ideals in Australia. Brilliant stuff1 week ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolNick Cater is hardly an "ideologue" - he seems like a very thoughtful person with original ideas - hardly someone you'd call "uncompromising" - or "rigid" in this thinking. This is an example of very original analysis - one you rarely if ever hear!1 week ago

Fiona PitmanHe writes for the australian and publishes with the Centre for Independent Studies. On the basis of this I'm quite comfortable in making assumptions about his ideological position.1 week ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolSo by this definition, anyone with a position is an ideologue? Have I got that right? You're just dismissing him because his political views aren't yours? Everything the says is therefore to be dismissed?7 days ago

Stephen PearceJohn Dickson, Michael Jensen are ideologues and their insights make me very uncomfortable.5 days ago

Jim LittleThis is what Nick Cater & the CIS are likely to support - *Scott Morrison encourages states to let private sector run schools and hospitals* - .5 days ago