Challenge to chaplains all in the funding

A GROUP that provides school chaplain services believes a High Court challenge is only targeting the funding model, not whether chaplains should be in schools.

Scripture Union Queensland said if the High Court upheld the challenge to the national school chaplaincy program, it would ask politicians to find a new way to fund chaplains.

The High Court is hearing a challenge from Queensland man Ronald Williams, who believes the Federal Government should not spend taxpayers’ money on school chaplains.

Scripture Union Queensland chief executive Tim Mander said his group would contest the claims that chaplains were commonwealth officers and that a religious test was applied to their receiving funds.


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