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Greens hope High Court challenge to chaplains programme succeeds

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Sarah Hanson-Young 9 Aug 2011

The Australian Greens say they hope a High Court challenge to the National School Chaplaincy Programme, which began today, will succeed and lead to an overhaul of the scheme.

"This is of course a programme where Australian taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on staff to support students who can do so without appropriate qualifications," Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens' spokesperson for youth affairs, said.

"I look forward to hearing the results as they unfold in the court and hope that the High Court will uphold the need for students to have qualified staff there to support them, and ensure that it is quality over anything else that we hold up as important for our young people and children.

"Whether it's bullying at school, issues to do with sexuality and other questions about the world, let's make sure people have access to qualified support, not simply people who are there because they happen to have some connection to a religious group."

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