Media release: 20 June 2012
Greens NSW MP John Kaye congratulated High Court challenger Ron Williams for successfully ending the $222 million National School Chaplaincy Program.
Dr Kaye said: "Mr Williams courageously took on the chaplaincy lobby and won.
"This is a great victory for secular public education.
"The offensive misuse of public money to push religion onto innocent public school children has come to an end.
"By offering an additional pair of helping hands to over-stretched public schools, the National School Chaplaincy Program was a Trojan horse for groups like the Scripture Union.
"Mr Williams has acted for every parent who wants to send their son or daughter to a public school without fear that they will be subjected to religious indoctrination.
"The use of enthusiastic amateurs to address the welfare needs of troubled students has been dangerous and misleading. Public funding of chaplains has been offensive.
"NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli should immediately push for the funds to be redirected to a new program to employ qualified child welfare workers to address the real needs of students.
"The money could be spent on offering a helping hand to students who are struggling with emotional or family issues, without fear of secular children being recruited into a religion.
"The Program budget could provide $25 million a year to NSW which would support 300 new qualified welfare workers for the schools with the greatest need," Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455