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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
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Senator WEBSTER - I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Does the International Covenant on Human Rights grant the ability for parents to give their children religious education of the parents' choice.

Senator MURPHY -Of course, the International Covenant does not give them anything: it is only when legislation is passed in this country that the rights which are referred to in the Covenant can come into law. The precise terms of the Covenant in regard to education escape me, but generally the covenant refers to the preservation of religious freedom.' The honourable senator will recall that this matter is covered in the Bill on human rights which I introduced. There is also a reference in section 116 of our own Constitution to the freedom of religion.

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