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To replace the existing National School Chaplaincy Program with a fairer, non-discriminatory, secular support system run by qualified professionals for the children of Australia.

In October of 2006 the Howard government introduced the National School Chaplaincy Program which sought to provide all public schools with access to dedicated spiritual and religious assistance in the form of school chaplains. The Gillard government recently pledged $222 million to expand the program to an additional 1,000 schools.

The NSCP hires chaplains who are "accepted religious institution or a State/Territory government approved chaplaincy service" (from the Departmental NSCP FAQ). In doing so it violates section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which reads:

“The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.”

The program discriminates against those who do not hold religious views by refusing to hire them until every other avenue has been exhausted.

This is not acceptable in a modern democratic and (supposedly) secular society. The program MUST remove its religious discrimination policies.

Help the High Court challenge: http://www.highcourtchallenge.com/

Use the Australian Secular Lobby if you have a complaint against the NSCP: http://www.australiansecularlobby.com/

1. Separation of Church and State

2. Equality

3. Anti-Discrimination