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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:29

Ron Williams wins High Court Case - National Chaplaincy Program is Invalid

Written by  Marquez Comelab
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In 2010, I wrote an article about Australia's National School Chaplaincy Program, a Government program that funds $55M a year for Christian Chaplains to hang about in public schools. They are not qualified to counsel nor are they qualified t o provide psychological help. The only thing they can do really is to drive pupils to churches when they are 'lost'. Does this really help? Isn't there a much better way to help students with $55M a year?

In the article, I argued that it is not right for taxpayers to be funding such a program for many reasons. The article was published in the Melbourne Atheist Examiner newsletter and it was distributed to about 2000 people during the 2010 Global Atheist Convention. (The article is also on this website: http://www.reasonism.org/main-content/articles/2247-questioning-the-national-school-chaplaincy-program ).

At around the same time a father in Queensland, Mr Ron Williams, has taken the issue to the High Court. Today, the High Court has ruled that the National School Chaplaincy Program is constitutionally INVALID because it exceeds the Commonwealth's funding powers.

This is a good introduction and summary to the case: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-20/high-court-upholds-chaplaincy-challenge/4081456

Last modified on Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:46

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