School Chaplains programme could end

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Liberal National Federal Member for Fisher Peter Slipper warns a valued school programme could be at risk under Labor.

Funding has been allocated to current participants in the National School Chaplaincy Programme until next year but there are no guarantees it will continue beyond then. The Gillard/Rudd Government still has not reviewed the programme as planned, which means there could be a nasty surprise if Labor's re-elected.

"Chaplains play a valuable role in schools by offering pastoral care and guidance across religious denominations and beliefs," Mr Slipper says.

"Students and school communities should not miss out just because of some misplaced ideological objections from Labor."

The Liberal National team has committed to keep funding part-time school chaplains for at least another three years. More than 1900 schools have signed up to the program since it was introduced under the Howard Government.

"The programme enjoys strong support among principals, schools and in the community generally," Mr Slipper says.

"Even the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described school chaplains as the 'glue' that holds school communities together.

"A lack of continued support for this project would simply be another Labor backflip."

Peter Slipper MP
Federal Member for Fisher
27 July 2010

 
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