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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 51

(Question No. 3323)


Mr MacKellar asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 March 1986:

(1) Has the Human Rights Commission distributed to schools or teachers a teaching aid kit called ``Teaching for human rights''; if so, (a) when did the distribution take place and (b) how many kits were distributed.

(2) Was the distribution made directly to (a) schools or (b) individual teachers.

(3) What schools received kits or employed teachers who received kits at the time of distribution.

(4) How were schools or teachers selected to be recipients of the kit.

(5) Were the kits aimed for trialing with particular age groups; if so, what was the rationale for selection of age groups.

(6) Are schools or teachers required to make an assessment of (a) student and (b) teacher responses to the trialed material; if so when is the assessment required by the Commission.

(7) Is the Minister able to say whether it is the Commission's intention to prepare its own report of the assessments; if so, (a) when is the report expected to be completed and (b) will it be available for public consideration.


Mr Lionel Bowen —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on information provided by the Human Rights Commission, is as follows:

(1) Yes; the details requested are-

(a) distribution commenced in 1985 and continued in 1986;

(b) approximately 200 kits have been distributed.

(2) Distribution was made to both schools and individual teachers.

(3) The following schools received kits or employed teachers who received kits at the time of distribution:

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Jervis Bay Primary School

Weston Creek High School

Flynn Primary School

Hawker Primary School

Melrose High School

Wanniassa High School

Miles Franklin Primary School

Fisher Primary School

Maribyrnong Primary School

The Holt School

Hughes Primary School

Erindale College

Theodore Street School

Woden Valley High School

NEW SOUTH WALES

The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Primary School

Bowraville Independent School

Endeavour High School

The Scots College

Cromer High School

Fisher Road School for Specific Purposes

St Mary's Star of the Sea Primary School

John Paul College

Port Hacking High School

Balmain High School

Tweed River High School

Hare Krisna Primary School

Bulli High School

Kempsey High School

Maroubra Bay Infants School

La Perouse Public School

Colo High School

Kogarah Marist High School

St Raphael's Primary School

St Francis Xavier's College

Orange Public School

Chatswood High School

St Anne's Primary School

St Mary's Star of the Sea High School

North Sydney Demonstration School

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Dripstone High School

Milingimbi School

Sanderson High School

QUEENSLAND

Burdekin Catholic High School

St Joseph's Primary School

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Heights School

Allendale East Area School

Payneham Primary School

Mitchell Park High School

Wasleys Primary School

Dover Gardens Primary School

Willunga High School

East Marden Primary School

Morphett Vale West Primary School

Morphett Vale High School

Kingscote Area School

St Dominic's Priory College

Goodwood High School

St Paul's College

Marananga Primary School

Dover High School

Pembroke School

West Beach Primary School

Strathmont Primary School

Glossop High School

Aberfoyle Park High School

Christies Beach High School

Gawler East Primary School

TASMANIA

Wybra Hall School Unit

Lambert Secondary School

The Friends' Junior School

Bridgewater Primary School

Bellerive Cottage School

Zoe Community School

The Sheffield School

VICTORIA

Dallas Primary School

Broadmeadows Technical School

Thomastown Meadows Primary School

Cranbourne West Primary School

Clifton Hill Primary

Upper Yarra High Technical School

Darley Primary School

Tandarook South Primary School

Loyola College

Wodonga Technical School

Portland Technical School

Dimboola Memorial High School

Ferntree Gully Technical School

Aspendale Technical School

Campbellfield Heights Primary School

P.S. 4929 Comet Hill

Queenscliff High School

Altona East

Queenscliff Primary School

Churchill Primary School

Shady Creek Primary School

Belmont Primary School

Footscray Intensive Language Centre

Brighton Technical School

Plenty Primary School

Derrinallum High School

Colac High School

Preston Technical School

Broadmeadows Special School

Moreland Primary School

Geelong Special School

Moreland High School

Colac Technical School

Chilwell Primary School

Drysdale Primary School

Brentwood High School

Southern Cross Primary School

Gellibrand Primary School

Altona North Primary School

Preston East Technical School

Continuing Education Centre

Cleeland High School

Primary School No. 882

Seventh Day Adventist School

Tarraville Primary School

Bourchier Street Primary School

Preston East High School

Education Support Centre

St Bernadette's Primary School

Ferntree Gully High School

Cato College

Woori Yallock Education Centre

Dallas North Primary

Plenty Valley Montessori School

Hurstbridge High School

Seymour Technical High School

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Balga Senior High School

Quintilian School

Scotch College

Newman College Junior School

Newton Moore Senior High School

Rangeway Primary School

Perth Modern School

Mandurah Senior High School

Byford Primary School

Bunbury Catholic College

(4) Schools and teachers joined the program in response the open advertisements placed in the major national newspapers. Those who responded were sent details of the program and an application form which asked them to spell out the nature of the human rights project they had in mind. In 1985 applications were assessed by the program director in the Human Rights Commission to ensure that the proposed project was relevant to human rights education. In 1986 applications were assessed by Education Department panels in those States (WA, SA, VIC, NSW) which had allocated project officers to supervise the program.

The project offices were fully briefed by the Commission's program director. In those States or Territories where no project officer had so far been appointed, assessments were done by the program director as in 1985. The same criteria were applied. The successful applicants became participants and received copies of the kits.

(5) The kit was aimed at school Year 5 and above. This was on the advice of the education consultants who trialed the original draft, and who considered it suitable for both upper primary and secondary use.

(6) Schools and teachers who participated in the Commission's 1985 program were required, under the terms of the letter of agreement that each accepted, to provide a written assessment of their project on completion. Where this project involved use of the Commission's materials, assessments by participant teachers were made of both the students' responses and teachers' own appraisal of them. The same conditions applied in 1986.

(7) No, it was not the Commission's intention to prepare its own report of the assessments.