It's on for just 30 minutes a week and it's taught in fewer than half of all public primary schools in Victoria, but religious education has the power to stir mighty emotions.
Steve Bracks and his education minister Lynne Kosky tasted its power in 2005 and 2006 as they overhauled education laws, and considered changing the rules governing ''special religious instruction'' - religion taught by church volunteers and decried by opponents as indoctrination.
This unleashed a relentless campaign by the religious lobby to defend their patch.
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