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According to the new scheme, Chaplains must be "recognised through formal ordination, commissioning, recognised religious qualifications or endorsement by a recognised or accepted religious institution". There is already plenty of religious activity in Public and High schools. This criteria has nothing to do with student welfare
Quoting Hugh Wilson onStop the National School Chaplaincy Program facebook page
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As the new Victorian State Government takes on the running of the state, it might be helpful for Victorian residents who do not support the National School Chaplaincy Programme to write to both Premier and Education Minister to remind them of page 8 of the NSCP Agreement.
Under Part 6 - Governance Arrangements, Variation of the Agreement, point 25, it says:
"A Party to the Agreement may terminate their participation in the Agreement at any time by notifying all other Parties in writing."
How simple could that be?
Particularly doing it right now, before the schools close for the summer break.
No doubt the AEU, ACSSO - the peak P&C body as well as the Victorian branch of the AEU and the Victorian P&C organisation will be writing right now.
Really positive things happening in Victorian State Schools
There are currently no guidelines or restrictions on what Chaplains can do.
George Brandis ignores his own insights into chaplains ruling
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/george-brandis-ignores-his-own-insights-into-chaplains-ruling-20140630-zsqnr.html#ixzz36DMRZ9KZ
Here's a link to a list of all federal MPs and their email addresses www.aph.gov.au/~/media/03%20senators%20and%20members/32%20members/lists/memlist.pdf
The Federal Government has gifted $37 million to NSCP providers that will cover costs from now until December 2014.
If you are not happy about this Federal Government gift, especially in light of the alleged budget crisis, then please email your federal government representatives to let them know.
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Ron spells out what's what about the Chaplaincy scheme in 1 min 21 sec
The ALP has just released a statement saying they'll only support a Chaplains scheme that includes welfare workers. This is the policy they implemented under Peter Garrett's watch when he was Minister for Schools.
This is unsatisfactory for two reasons - 1) it still puts minimally trained people in contact with vulnerable students and 2) 80% are chaplains anyway and sourced from evangelical organisations.
Nevertheless, it puts the ALP on a collision course with the government. It is crucial that we keep informing key politicians as the way forward for the scheme is still unclear after the High Court win.
In the light of Ron William's successful High Court challenge, it's time to renew calls for this program to be scrapped