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Liberal Party Votes Against Green ‘Propaganda’ In Schools

THE organisational wing of the [Australian] Liberal National Party has voted to “remove environmental propaganda” on climate change from Queensland schools. A delegate at the LNP’s three-day annual conference cited concerns “false prophets” were poisoning childrens’ minds.

Delegates on the first day of the conference in Brisbane yesterday agreed to call on Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek to ban “post-normal science” from the curriculum and exam materials.

LNP Noosa delegate Richard Pearson, who moved the proposal, said climate change information was being used as a strategy in schools to promote a political view, and the science was not set.

“It’s aimed at the heart of those false prophets who would poison the hearts and minds of our children in the Queensland education system,” he said.

“The word propaganda is in there for a very good reason.”

But Nudgee delegate Dominic Beirne opposed the motion and said all points of view should be canvassed.

“I believe that all points of view should be there,” he said later.

“Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, everyone is entitled to their opinions and their ideas and as a broad church we should be accepting of those ideas.”

The party’s annual conference also agreed to note the “dangers of a rigid and ideologically sensitive cultural agenda being imposed on all students” through the national curriculum.

Federal opposition spokesman for universities and research Brett Mason said the national curriculum had transformed the three Rs from reading, writing and arithmetic to the republic, reconciliation and refugees.

Premier Campbell Newman was lukewarm on the proposal yesterday, declaring the party’s views were not necessarily those of the parliamentary arm.

“The parliamentary team led my myself then needs to take on board those things but we need to decide what we implement,” he said. “The LNP has its view, but as a parliamentary team we have to represent all of Queensland.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Langbroek said the party’s feedback was valued, but it was not the government.

The national curriculum provided “consistent and high academic standards across all jurisdictions in Australia, including science subjects”.

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