Repeating our concerns about the National School Chaplaincy Program (see summary) we wrote to the Prime Minister and to the Commonwealth Auditor General’s Office. We pointed out that the High Court has for the second time ruled that this program was funded unconstitutionally. The current government is side-stepping this by making tied grants to the states. We object to the lack of transparency and accountability that has marred this program from its outset.

A letter from the Prime Minister (30 July 2014) acknowledged our complaints about the school Chaplaincy Program and the High Court’s decision about the funding. It pointed out that provision of chaplaincy services is a matter for each school to determine. The Coalition invented this policy and wants it to continue.

Geoff Allshorn, Inga Anthonipillai, Halina Strnad

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