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3/1/2006 1:12:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA--Homeschoolers Making an Impact in Australia

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March 1, 2006

Homeschoolers Making an Impact in Australia

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thanks to all of you who responded to our recent email requesting help
for the homeschoolers in Victoria. They are faced with an education
reform bill that will impose greater restrictions and regulations on
homeschooling for the next decade.

We passed on their request for help to you and you responded in
overwhelming numbers. During the first 48 hours, over 2,000 emails
were sent to each member of the Victorian Parliament, urging them to
remove the sections of the bill that would restrict homeschooling.
There is no doubt they received the message!

One member of Parliament opposed to the restrictions wrote, "It is
essential that you place every pressure on the members of the Labor
party to get them to answer your questions and take up your case. The
bill has been introduced by Labor and is solely their agenda." Other
homeschoolers received positive comments from members of Parliament
regarding homeschooling and concern regarding the legislation.

As is the case with any e-lert, whether here in the United States or
elsewhere, some lawmakers who received our emails were irritated.

One homeschool leader in Victoria shared this: "The irritability of
those MPs is a sign that they are under pressure and that they are
facing the scrutiny of the international area. Nothing hurts them more
than the embarrassment of being called 'undemocratic' in their duties
by international scrutiny--especially during the Olympic Games. All
MPs should be reminded that the eye of international opinion is upon
them now, more so than ever with the Games at hand, and that being so
out of step, this does make them look ridiculous."

There is a steering committee with homeschool representatives from
many of the geographical areas, which is working to meet with the
Members of Parliament and the Minister of Education. The latest word
from Australia is that the minister of Education, who previously has
avoided meeting with the homeschoolers, has indicated she will meet
with them. Furthermore, many of the Members of Parliament who were
"brushing the homeschool issue under the rug," are now taking notice
of the homeschoolers' concerns with the Education Reform Bill. Members
of Parliament also understand the international scrutiny that is upon
them and are being careful not to just push this bill through without
considering the concerns of homeschoolers.

We have talked to a number of homeschoolers in Victoria who are
excited about the possibility of what might take place to amend the
Reform Bill to protect homeschoolers. Only time will tell the full
effect of the international homeschooling community's pressure on the
Victorian Parliament.

At this time there is no need for further emails because our point has
been made. Now we just ask that you pray for God's will to be done in
Victoria, and that the homeschool freedoms can be protected.

We will send out another update as soon as we know the outcome.

Thanks again for your willingness to sacrifice your time to help
Australian homeschoolers!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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