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Petitioning Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and 16 others

Qualified Childhood Counsellors, NOT Chaplains in Public Schools


Currently the Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to 'assist' approximately 2900 schools engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the new National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) will focus on the delivery of pastoral care through school chaplains.

I feel like this is completely unacceptable in modern Australia. Religion has no place in public schools and I would like to see this money be used instead to hire a qualified childhood counsellor who is not pushing some sort of backdoor religious agenda onto the children.

My 7 year old daughter is being excluded from lunchtime activities because we have asked that no religion be forced onto her. She is not able to participate in games and awards for being kind at assembly, as well as many other activities because they are run by the school chaplain. This is a Public Independent School. Not a Private or Religious school.

I would like to see all chaplains replaced with qualified childhood counsellors who specialise in childhood development instead of having biased, untrained, and Religious individuals in charge of such matters.  

Public funds should NOT be used to further the reach of any religion into our classrooms. They should be for the further development and education of ALL CHILDREN.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Prime Minister of Australia
    Malcolm Turnbull
  • Prime Minister
    The Australian Government
  • Education Queensland
    Education Queensland
  • The Minitster of Education and Training
    The Department of Education and Training
  • Prime Minister
    Malcolm Turnbull MP
  • The Premier
    Queensland State Government
  • Queensland Premier
    Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
  • Minister for education and training
    QLD Department of Education and Training
  • Opposition Leader
    Bill Shorten MP
  • QLD Minister for education and training
    Kate Jones MP
  • Minister for Education and Training
    Senator Simon Birmingham
  • Shadow Minister for Higher Education
    Senator Kim Carr
  • Green Party Leader
    Senator Richard Di Natale
  • Lord Mayor of Brisbane
    Graham Quirk

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