This week, Mr Andrew Broad MP (left) – the member for Mallee in Victoria – gave his support for the continued funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program in a statement to parliament.
He gave an account of the important work chaplains have played in his electorate, particularly after a tragic incident where a driver hit and killed six children in Mildura.
Mr Broad said:
“The advantage of helping young students as they grow and struggle to find their place in life and have someone to talk to is very valuable…We also believe that a chaplain’s role in school is instrumental in helping young adults become fulfilled, confident and great individuals.”
To read the statement, follow this link to the Hansard document. Mr Broad’s statement begins on page 42.
Last month, ACL congratulated the Coalition on fulfilling an election promise to continue funding school chaplaincy across Australia. The recent budget revealed that a total of $243.8 million will be allocated to the program over the next four years. Under the program, Australian schools can apply for $20,000 grants from the government to hire a school chaplain. Many school communities raise extra funds so their chaplains can work more than two days per week.
CEO of Scripture Union Queensland – the largest provider of school chaplains in Australia – Peter James recently spoke to ACL’s Katherine Spackman about being called to the High Court a second time to defend the chaplaincy program. You can listen to the interview here. A verdict is not expected for some months.