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He said earlier that the changes would lead to students having a hatred for Australia, including memorials like Anzac Day.

“Anzac Day should not be a controversial idea, it is the most sacred day in the Australian calendar, which is very well understood by ordinary Australians,” he told reporters on Friday.

“It is by far the most important day in the Australian calendar and children should learn about what it means for Australians.”

The previous draft curriculum, published by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in April, said the changes could involve “debate on the difference between commemoration and the celebration of war”.

Although he has been given a partial briefing on changes to the draft curriculum, Tudge said he had not yet seen the full document.

The Minister said in his speech that he was concerned that there was not enough focus on concepts such as Australia’s liberal democracy, suggesting that young Australians would not be willing to support and defend these ideas.

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“It almost obliterated Christianity from our past, despite the fact that it was the single most important influence on our modern development,” he said in the speech.

The national curriculum was to be signed by the Ministers of State and Territory.

“Some of my state colleagues have also seen insinuations in the draft national curriculum and they can speak for themselves,” he said.

“As Federal Minister, I will specifically ensure that standards are raised.”

Labor’s Tony Burke described Mr Tudge’s proposal as “a little strange”.

“Historically. I don’t think it’s complicated. History should be the study of what happened. Some of it will be good, some of it will not be,” he said.

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