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April 17 2011 "Sunday Nights with John Cleary," ABC Australia.

"There has been much discussion in the media recently over religion in schools, whether it be Chaplaincy funding from the Federal Government, the quality of RE in Victorian State Schools, or the NSW governments propsal to facilitate ethics courses for those who do not wish to participate in Religious Education. Whilst these arguments over whether to teach religion are nagging the government sector, the independent sector is dealing with the substantial question of what to teach, and how it is best taught. And to that end, the 'Dialogue Australasia network has been established', and this week they are holding a conference at Newington College in Sydney.

What makes for interesting questions about ultimate values? Why bother with The God Question? If you are the sort of person who muses, even occasionally on such matters, then you may like to stick around and give us a call sometime over the next hour.

Our guests specialise in just these questions, particularly when confronted by a room full of 16 year olds eager to test the limits of conventional wisdom. Masochists or cockeyed optimists? Let's find out. Our studio guests include old friend and chat room regular, Frank Sheehan, Chaplain and Director of the Centre for Ethics at Christ Church Grammar School, Perth. Frank is also an Anglican Priest and a Canon of St George's Cathedral Perth, Welcome also to Gareth Jones, Director of the Bioethics Centre and Professor of Anatomy at University of Otago, Gary Gach, author of the 'Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism', and Jeremy Hall, Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Newington School."