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Petitioning Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne and 2 others

Reduce funding for school chaplaincy program and increase funding for trained secular mental health professionals in all schools

Young Australians are more likely to die by suicide than a car accident.  Increasing numbers of school-aged children are having difficulty dealing adequately with the stresses in their lives. Our schools need properly trained and qualified mental health professionals with the skills to assist at-risk students.They do not need lay, religion-based pastoral support - they can get that from their own religious community.

Under Tony Abbott’s plan, state schools will no longer get to choose the type of support they provide. They can have a chaplain or nobody at all. Abbott has allocated $245 million to the national chaplaincy program in the budget over 5 years, including millions to Access Ministries in Victoria and similar organisations.. Visit AM's website ( and click on the "CRE Teachers" tab to read what school chaplaincy means to them. Visit to read opposing views.

I need your support to fight these funding decisions! Please add your voice to my message to the government that students need access to professional mental health support at school.

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  • Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
    Christopher Pyne
  • Federal Minister for Education
    Hon. Christopher Pyne MP
  • Federal Treasurer
    Joe Hockey

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