Looks like the Australian Govt really wants these mercenary Missionaries in Australian schools.
Chrys Stephenson has turned on the ChrysSignal and we need to get this done.
National School Chaplaincy/High Court Challenge Update:
This is urgent. It would be great if everyone could get behind this today and promote it to your own networks. This is the time to mobilise folks.
The Federal government announced last night
they are going to pass legislation to circumvent the High Court ruling
on funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program. This is a
cynical, underhanded move which, I imagine, won’t impress the High Court
at all. It is not at all clear that this attempt to snub the ruling
won’t end the government back in the High Court, but we have to wait to
see their legislation first.
What we can do immediately, although it won’t overturn the
legislation, is try to get the Greens to stand up in Parliament and
oppose it – or at least demand amendments to the program. This will get
publicity about what is going on and shine a spotlight on what the
government is doing. But we need *you* and your networks to help.
As a matter of urgency, please send an email to the following list:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Here is a sample letter. You can use your own words if you like, but
please use the three dot points as they appear so we present a cohesive
Subject: Funding – National School Chaplaincy Program
Dear Senators and Mr. Bandt
You will be aware the ALP are planning to rush legislation through
parliament to subvert the High Court decision in Willams v the
Commonwealth and Ors.
This is an opportunity for the Greens to hold the government to
account. The High Court has made a ruling which provides a greater level
of public accountability and now the ALP – undoubtedly with the support
of the coalition – intend to circumvent that ruling through
This is an opportunity for the Greens to make a public stand for some
incredibly important issues, including public accountability,
separation of church and state and our children’s right to a secular
public education system.
I would be grateful if the Greens would represent my views in respect to this matter. They are as follows:
1) I do not support the Howard-Gillard program that supplies
chaplains of any faith in Australia’s public schools, and I urge you to
prevent the continuation of chaplains in today’s forthcoming
2) If we are to have Commonwealth assistance supplied to schools in
this manner then I am firmly of the view that they must be fully
qualified as school counsellors, which means they are qualified teachers
with a degree in psychology and postgraduate qualifications in school
counselling, and nothing less can do.
3) It is time to stop outsourcing this work to third party
contractors and these fully qualified school counsellors must all be
employed as public servants in the relevant Education departments in
each state and territory in order to ensure some high level of
confidence in their training, integrity and the outcomes.