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CEO of Scripture Union Queensland comments on High Court Challenge ruling
· June 24, 2014 10:00 AM
Peter James is the spokesperson for the National Schools Chaplaincy Association and CEO of Scripture Union Queensland, one of the defendants in the recent High Court challenge about the school chaplaincy program. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the ruling which struck down the funding arrangements of the program. He says there may be an avenue for states to fund the program.
Andrew Broad MP commends National School Chaplaincy Program in parliament
· June 04, 2014 10:00 AM
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
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
. A verdict is not expected for some months.
Scripture Union's Peter James discusses High Court challenge hearing into chaplaincy
· May 13, 2014 10:00 AM
Peter James is the CEO of Scripture Union Queensland. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses the hearings held in Canberra from the 6th to the 8th of May into the school chaplaincy program. It's the second time the school chaplaincy program has being challenged in the High Court. The commonwealth government funds school chaplains in more than 3000 schools across the country.
Qld government considers funding boost for chaplaincy
· November 12, 2013 11:00 AM
A move to provide additional funding for chaplaincy in schools is being considered by the Queensland government.
The Courier-Mail recently reported
that the move would give independent public school principals the ability to increase the hours of chaplains and other staff including guidance counsellors and psychologists.
Currently, the Queensland government provides up to $11,000 a year for school chaplains in addition to federal government funding of the chaplaincy program.
The move has come out of a discussion between Scripture Union’s Queensland (SU QLD) CEO Peter James and John-Paul Langbroek’s advisor in regards to additional funds being required around occasions of natural disaster and tragedy in school communities.
SU, which employs most chaplains in state schools, said it’s found additional support from school chaplains is vital around these times and previously there had been no allowance for this.
In recent months, SU QLD has been called to appear before the High Court to defend its national school chaplaincy program.
It first appeared in the High Court two years ago when a Toowoomba resident claimed the chaplaincy program violated religious freedom under the Constitution. The High Court found it did not violate religious freedom as chaplains were not employed or appointed by the government.
A second challenge to the Court’s decision was launched against the program this year.
In response, SU QLD asked Australians to sign a statement of support in favour of federal funding for school chaplaincy by visiting
Last month, ACL’s Communications Director Katherine Spackman interviewed SU QLD’s CEO Peter James on the Political Spot where he spoke about the second High Court challenge. You can listen to the interview by following
Peter James on the Political Spot about second High Court challenge to chaplaincy
· October 01, 2013 10:00 AM
Peter James is the CEO of Scripture Union Queensland. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about the second High Court challenge that has been launched against the National School Chaplaincy Program. SU Qld is hoping to collect more than 100,000 signatures of support for the chaplaincy program at
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