High Court rules in favour of challenge to school chaplains

High Court rules in favour of challenge to school chaplains

The High Court has ruled in favour of a challenge to the government’s funding of chaplains in public schools.

The controversial program was launched by former Prime Minister John Howard ahead of the 2007 election, as a way to provide guidance to students.

But Queensland father Ron Williams launched a High Court challenge, arguing there should not be a place for non-secular programs in public schools.

The Court has handed down its decision a short time ago, ruling in favour of Mr Williams’ argument, that the government should not be funding the chaplains.

Social Services minister Kevin Andrews says he will seek the advice of Commonwealth lawyers, before making a final decision on the future of the program

Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt agrees with the decision, saying chaplains have no role to play in Australia’s public education system.

He says if children need guidance, there should be qualified professionals in schools to assist them instead.

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