28 August 2014
Yesterday the federal government announced it would continue the successful high school chaplaincy program by providing funding to state and territory government.
However, both the ACT (and South Australia’s) demand that the program have secular counsellors is an overreach. Read our media release.
Last week the Victorian government officially updated its Special Religious Instruction policy and Ministerial Direction relating to prayer groups and bible studies.
You can read the new wording of the policy in ENews today in our blog post on the issue.
Last week we reported on ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton’s opening address to a senate inquiry arguing against a bill wanting to recognise overseas same-sex marriages. (Read it here if you didn’t get a chance).
This week ACL’s Katherine Spackman, in a radio package, captures some of the comments from other church ministers at the inquiry. Listen here.
She also interviewed Mission Australia’s CEO Catherine Yeomans on a new housing approach helping homeless men. Listen here.
Also, speaking of the radio program, this is Katherine’s last radio program for the ACL as she leaves us after three and a half years service.
We wish her all the best on her future endeavours. Daniel Simon will be stepping in the interim on The Political Spot whilst we find a replacement.
Finally, don’t forget to check out Lyle’s regular column this week Would the real Senator Hanson-Young please stand up?