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Sexuality Education in Australian Schools

Sexuality education has been taught in Australian schools for over a century but for much of that time has been a controversial 'add on' taking its place as a result of the advocacy and intervention of outside organisations.

Schools have generally welcomed the involvement of outside bodies such as the 'Father and Son' movement in the 1950s and 60s, and the more recent Family Life and Family Planning organisations, as having the expertise not available to teachers to deal with an important area of education that could also create moral panic.

Many of the early debates around sexuality education for young people centred around the importance of moral instruction and the degree to which it could be balanced against scientific information.

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