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Say NO to the National School Chaplaincy Program

Take action on this issue now -- sample content and parliamentarian contact details can be found further down this page.

Many Liberal MPs are campaigning to expand the controversial National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) in the May Budget.

TAKE ACTION:

Sign Secular Public Education's petition to stop the program!

National Secular Lobby has sent a letter to ALL federal parliamentarians urging them to allow the funding for this program to lapse:

High Court declared schools chaplains provide “no value” to schoolchildren

 

The Liberal MPs promoting an expansion of the National School Chaplaincy Program do not have the best interests of children at heart.  Chaplains are “unqualified” people with a specific religious agenda.

Education Professionals and psychologists make it clear — NSCP does more harm than good.  But it was extended in 2014 in rank defiance of the High Court ruling, and experts in problems faced by school kids.

Let the NSCP LAPSE at this May Budget; say "no" to religious fundamentalists with an ulterior motive.

What schools genuinely need are professionally trained youth workers and psychologists, not amateurs.

  • chaplains have minimal qualifications -- typically a TAFE certificate.
  • chaplains have no training to deal with problems faced by today’s schoolchildren, especially LGBTI.
  • principals compound the problem by taking chaplains, with the view; "any extra help can't hurt".
  • chaplains are hired in all states by evangelical churches who want children "to come to Jesus".
  • $1 billion has already been wasted on a program with no measured benefit whatsoever to schoolchildren.

The entire Chaplaincy Program should be scrapped — not extended.

Federal and state MPs, the media, and the public at large need to realistically assess the flaws of the NSCP — and question the motives of those calling for this extension.  One has only to engage in some basic research of the evangelical churches supplying chaplains: their "mission" is to win "disciples".

Their "extracurricular activities" aim to convert children to religion.  This is NOT a role for public schools!

Will you vote against NSPC expansion?  Will you vote to wind back this flawed scheme?

Updates

In February 2019, the ACT decided to withdraw its public schools from the NSCP as of the end of 2019.

In April 2019, a test case in the Victorian Tribunal found that NSCP employment ads were discriminatory as they required applicants to hold a specific religion. This decision opens the way for secular (for example, Humanist) chaplains.

What can YOU do?

Write something similar in your own words and email or post it to as many MPs and Senators as you wish.

Find your Member of the House of Representatives and your Senators, then use the form below to find their contact details. You can copy multiple rows and paste them into a doc on your computer for your reference.  National Party emails were not available.

Remember that we achieve best results with polite but firm communication! Sending aggressive mail will not achieve anything positive.

First NameLast NameSittingEmailPartyPhone
EricAbetzSenatesenator.abetz@aph.gov.auLiberal
AnthonyAlbaneseMHRa.albanese.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9564 3588
JohnAlexanderMHRjohn.alexander.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
AnneAlyMHRanne.aly.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(08) 9409 4517
KarenAndrewsMHRkaren.andrews.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
KevinAndrewsMHRkevin.andrews.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
AdamBandtMHRadam.bandt.mp@aph.gov.auGreens(03) 9417 0759
JuliaBanksMHRjulia.banks.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
CoryBernardiSenatecory.bernardi.mp@aph.gov.auIndependent
CatrynaBilykSenatesenator.bilyk@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 6229 4444
SharonBirdMHRsharon.bird.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 4228 5899
SimonBirminghamSenatesenator.birmingham@aph.gov.auLiberal
ChrisBowenMHRchris.bowen.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9604 0710
RussellBroadbentMHRrussell.broadbent.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
SladeBrockmanSenatesenator.brockman@aph.gov.auLiberal
CarolBrownSenatesenator.carol.brown@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 6231 0099
ScottBuchholzMHRscott.buchholz.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
TonyBurkeMHRtony.burke.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9750 9088
LindaBurneyMHRlinda.burney.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9587 1555
MarkButlerMHRmark.butler.mp@aph.gov.auLabor
TerriButlerMHRterri.butler.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(07) 3899 4031
AnthonyByrneMHRanthony.byrne.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9796 7533
KimCarrSenatesenator.carr@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9639 2798
MichaeliaCashSenatesenator.cash@aph.gov.auLiberal
JimChalmersMHRjim.chalmers.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(07) 3299 5910
NickChampionMHRnick.champion.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(08) 8284 2422
LisaChestersMHRlisa.chesters@vic.alp.org.auLabor(03) 5443 9055
AnthonyChisholmSenatesenator.chisholm@aph.gov.auLabor(07) 3229 4477
JasonClareMHRjason.clare.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9790 2466
SharonClaydonMHRsharon.claydon.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 4926 1555
RichardColbeckSenatesenator.colbeck@aph.gov.auLiberal
DavidColemanMHRdavid.coleman.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
JulieCollinsMHRjulie.collins.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 6244 1222
JacintaCollinsSenatesenator.collins@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9890 7022
PatConroyMHRpat.conroy.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 4954 2611
MathiasCormannSenatesenator.cormann@aph.gov.auLiberal
RichardDi NataleSenatesenator.dinatale@aph.gov.auGreens(03) 9654 0430
MiltonDickMHRmilton.dick.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(07) 3879 6440
PatDodsonSenatesenator.dodson@aph.gov.auLabor
MarkDreyfusMHRmark.dreyfus.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9580 4651
JonathonDuniamSenatesenator.duniam@aph.gov.auLiberal
PeterDuttonMHRpeter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
JustineElliotMHRjustine.elliot.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(07) 5523 4371
WarrenEntschMHRwarren.entsch.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
TrevorEvansMHRtrevor.evans.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
JasonFalinskiMHRjason.falinski.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
DonFarrellSenatesenator.farrell@aph.gov.auLabor(08) 8231 8400
DavidFawcettSenatesenator.fawcett@aph.gov.auLiberal
ConcettaFierravanti-WellsSenatesenator.fierravanti-wells@aph.gov.auLiberal
JoelFitzgibbonMHRjoel.fitzgibbon.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 4991 1022
PaulFletcherMHRpaul.fletcher.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
NicolleFlintMHRnicolle.flint.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
MichaelFreelanderMHRmike.freelander.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 4620 0293
JoshFrydenbergMHRjosh.frydenberg.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
AlexGallacherSenatesenator.gallacher@aph.gov.auLabor(08) 8269 6022
KatyGallagherSenatesenator.katy.gallagher@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 6230 0411
SteveGeorganasMHRsteve.georganas.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(08) 8376 9000
AndrewGilesMHRandrew.giles.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9404 1911
IanGoodenoughMHRian.goodenough.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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StirlingGriffSenatesenator.griff@aph.gov.auCentre Alliance(08) 8212 1409
TimHammondMHRtim.hammond.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(08) 9272 3411
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AlexHawkeMHRalex.hawke.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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JulianHillMHRjulian.hill.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9547 1444
LukeHowarthMHRluke.howarth.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
JaneHumeSenatesenator.hume@aph.gov.auLiberal
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SteveIronsMHRsteve.irons.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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BobKatterMHRbob.katter.mp@aph.gov.auBK Party
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JohnMcVeighMHRjohn.mcveigh.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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RobMitchellMHRrob.mitchell.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9333 0440
ScottMorrisonMHRscott.morrison.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
BenMortonMHRben.morton.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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TedO'BrienMHRted.obrien.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
BrendanO'ConnorMHRbrendan.oconnor.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 8390 6166
ClareO'NeilMHRclare.oneil.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 9545 6211
DeborahO'NeillSenatesenator.oneill@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 4367 4565
JulieOwensMHRjulie.owens.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9689 1455
TonyPasinMHRtony.pasin.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
JamesPatersonSenatesenator.paterson@aph.gov.auLiberal
RexPatrickSenatesenator.patrick@aph.gov.auCentre Alliance(08) 8232 1144
MarisePayneSenatesenator.payne@aph.gov.auLiberal
GrahamPerrettMHRgraham.perrett.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(07) 3344 2622
TanyaPlibersekMHRtanya.plibersek.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9379 0700
HelenPolleySenatesenator.polley@aph.gov.auLabor(03) 6331 2599
ChristianPorterMHRchristian.porter.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
LouisePrattSenateed.senator.pratt@aph.gov.auLabor
MelissaPriceMHRmelissa.price.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
RowanRamsayMHRrowan.ramsey.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
LindaReynoldsSenatesenator.reynolds@aph.gov.auLiberal
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StuartRobertMHRstuart.robert.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
MichelleRowlandMHRmichelle.rowland.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9671 4780
AnneRustonSenatesenator.ruston@aph.gov.auLiberal
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TonySmithMHRtony.smith.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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AnneStanleyMHRanne.stanley.mp@aph.gov.auLabor(02) 9829 7477
JordanSteele-JohnSenatesenator.steele-john@aph.gov.auGreens(08) 6245 3310
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DanTehanMHRdan.tehan.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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AlanTudgeMHRalan.tudge.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
MalcolmTurnbullMHRmalcolm.turnbull.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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AndrewWallaceMHRandrew.wallace.mp@aph.gov.auLiberal
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