The opposition education spokesman, Adrian Piccoli, said the Liberal-National party took the view that ”the battle over ethics classes is finished”.
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But the announcement was met with anger by the influential Australian Christian Lobby.
Its NSW director, David Hutt, said the lobby was extremely disappointed by the decision.
”We had welcomed the opposition’s previous commitment to scrap the ethics classes should they win government and we cannot understand why they have now retreated from this,” Mr Hutt said.