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    Filed at 5:13 pm under by dcobranchi

    Home educators in Australia are being threatened with fines for not meeting regulations that haven’t even been written yet:

    Under the new draft laws released last week, education inspectors will have the power to demand access to a home-schooled student’s work to ensure it meets the State Government’s as-yet unspecified requirements and minimum standards.

    …If the new Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority deems the home schooling to be unsatisfactory based on the inspector’s reports, the student’s registration could be cancelled.

    Parents would then be forced to send their child to school or risk daily fines of $104.40 by continuing their studies at home.

    Needless to say, the homeschooling community is less than happy.

    Shadow Education spokesman Victor Perton described the new laws as disgraceful.

    The Liberal Party MP said it was wrong to threaten fines for not upholding standards that had not even been set.

    “No wonder they are angry,” Mr Perton said.


    Comment by
    December 22nd, 2005
    at 1:45 pm

    This sounds a lot like what the Soviet People’s Republic of Maryland tried to do re: handgun purchases. In order to lawfully purchase a handgun, citizens had to take a ‘safety class.’ The catch was that the Maryland People’s Soviet (i.e., the State Legislature) never bothered to figure out what the content of that ‘safety class’ should be. In both cases, the State is denying freedom to the people ‘for their own good.’