Victory on the Chaplaincy programme – scuttled by Labor. What??

I just learned that the High Court has ruled against the Chaplaincy programme indirectly, by ruling that the funding model was not constitutional. As this type of funding model is also used by the commonwealth to fund about 400 other programmes, this is going to give the Abbott government a massive headache.

Despite the court ruling, however, Abbott has gone on record to say that he will do whatever it takes to keep the chaplaincy programme going. Excuse me?

Just to quickly recap for those who may not have been following this issue ; the Abbott government refuses to fund professional counsellors in schools, but clings to this ridiculous, religious patronage. Unless your child happens to belong to the denomination favoured by Tony Abbott, he or she will not get much value from this so-called caring programme. Yet this is exactly what Abbott supports.

Egalitarian? No.

An appropriate use of taxpayer funds during a horror budget? No.

Respectful of our multicultural, multi-faith, sexually diverse society? Hell no.

But I’m not saving all my bile for the Abbott government. Labor gets a big fat serve as well. Instead of coming out against this farce, Labor apparently will support coalition legislation designed to make the programme – ‘legal’.

I have very little time for Bill Shorten, but this is beyond belief. Is Labor brown-nosing that diminishing segment of Australian voters who are white, protestant or catholic and over 60?

Not happy, Bill, not happy at all.

Meeks

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25 responses to “Victory on the Chaplaincy programme – scuttled by Labor. What??

  • Candy Korman

    Having tried to explain the wider implications of a Right Wing (aka Tea Party) Republican defeating another Right Wing (almost Tea Party) Republican who had a leadership position in the Republican Party in a Primary Election for a Congressional Seat, to a Dutch friend. I am very impressed by your explanations of Australian politics!

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  • EllaDee

    The people of Australia, the taxpayers, voters are under the illusion that government of our democracy has a mandate to do so in the best interests of us and the country… but no; self-aggrandizement, lobbying, murky deals and schemes from the Dark Ages are closer to the actuality.
    Decades ago religion-based chaplaincy was the norm but in multicultural society in 2014, that model is irrelevant and the money could be better spent.

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  • anne54

    I totally agree with you, Meeks. This money should be spent on qualified counsellors, whose brief is to counsel all students. I am sure that there are chap,ins who have done a good job, but their job description seems to be very murky. Good on the chap that took the issue to the High Court — not once, but twice! I hope he doesn’t need to go a third time.

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  • metan

    Love the chaplain at the local primary school, but only because he is a great bloke. A chequered past makes him a reasonable and open minded person.

    At some stage in the future someone else will take the same position, who knows what kind of person might be when the only qualification they need is to believe in a particular version of a particular god?

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    • acflory

      You’ve put your finger on it Metan. If Chaplains want to volunteer, no problem. But if we’re going to pay for pastoral care then let it be by someone who is actually qualified to provide it. Otherwise we’re at the mercy of the good intentions of individuals.

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      • metan

        I’m happy for chaplains to be paid for their work, as long as they have actual training, and schools have no requirement to hire from a particular religion.

        I’m sure some communities would prefer their counsellor to be from the church, and that’s ok. Maybe others might like to use the services of a local Buddhist monk or aboriginal elder. It should be up to the ones who know the needs of the community, and the parents, to decide what is best for the kids.

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        • acflory

          I’m not disagreeing on the question of choice, just curious as to why qualified, secular social workers aren’t preferred over religious chaplains?

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          • metan

            Ahh, I think that’s because most people are still scared of the big finger in the sky coming down to squash them if they don’t believe, even to a tiny degree. πŸ˜‰

            I’m annoyed that religion is referred to at all in politics. How can they govern for all when they are publicly supportive of a belief system that doesn’t have tolerance for all?

            I think truly secular workers would be a little hard to find. We all identify with some kind of belief system to some degree. Some don’t really believe in god but still pray when things get tough. Some people believe in reincarnation or karma without identifying as Buddhist or Hindu.

            No one is a completely blank slate when it comes to belief systems so I guess it is just governing the degree to which people can allow it to affect their teachings. You could be a Pastafarian or Jedi without taking your beliefs any less seriously than a churchgoer.

            I guess it’s all about training they receive and the teachings they are delivering being kept an eye on. Although I admit I’d love to see a Pastafarian in the school teaching the kids about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. πŸ˜€

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          • acflory

            -laughs out LOUD!- If I pray hard enough do you think the Pastafarian would come for -cough- dinner -cough-?

            And yes, you’re right about those lingering belief systems – I probably still have a lot of catholic in me too. πŸ™‚

            I guess my dislike of the religious element in education is a reaction to the Creationists and Fundamentalists of all colours who are making this world such a miserable place to live. That and having the Mad Monk choose which religion to support for all of us. :/

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          • metan

            Funnily enough we will be celebrating the noodly appendages of the FSM this very evening. Less of the flying though, I can’t be bothered getting the sauce off the ceiling.

            Actually, the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is exactly who should be teaching our kids in school. It was created as an equally valid response to creationist teachings in schools in ummmm….. let me look it up….. Kansas.

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          • acflory

            Wait…WAIT! FSM is real? 0.o
            Are you putting me on?
            oh my goodness…. it is real!
            http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/responses/comment-page-222/
            You take the prize Metan – and you definitely haven’t lost your touch for finding the weird and wonderful. πŸ˜€

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          • metan

            πŸ˜€ Yes, real. Well, just as real as the alternative anyway. πŸ˜‰
            The starchy goodness of the FSM was so bountiful last night that we worshipped again at dinner time. πŸ˜‰

            If only I could be bothered with following any particular religion that may well be the one. Well, as long as it didn’t interfere with my belief in the teachings of the greatest of all masters, Kermit and Yoda, of course. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            LMAO – I can see you’re all true believers. πŸ˜€ But please tell me you haven’t forgotten Obi-Wan Kenobi ?

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          • metan

            No, I’ll never forget Obi Wan, I just prefer sage wisdom delivered via puppet. That’s just how I roll. πŸ˜€

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          • acflory

            -giggles- Ah hah….. πŸ˜‰

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  • davidprosser

    I think you should start a cause on Causes.com so that you can get signatures against this mis-use of public money to present to your Labor politicians. If there’s a MP against the Chaplaincy Programme theey’ll be able to make use of any public outcry. It could even go viral.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  • dadirri7

    no not happy … what is labour thinking!!!

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