Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17

Get Your Religion Out Of Our SchoolsI am not cool with having preachers in schools.

Australia is a secular, multicultural state. We do not have a ‘state religion’. It is absolutely inappropriate for the government to be funding religious services in our public schools.

The Liberal Party’s $250 million school chaplains program is not about helping struggling kids. If it were about helping kids, they wouldn’t have banned secular social workers from participating. Chaplains are not necessarily trained and qualified to help vulnerable, struggling kids, and are especially unprepared for helping with kids from minority cultures who are the most likely to be in need of help.

The policy is little more than the Liberal Party scratching the backs of their friends in the church, who see this as a prime opportunity to indoctrinate and recruit some ‘young blood’ to their aging institutions.

Why exactly the Liberal Party believe it is a good idea to give preachers special access to our school kids, I’m unsure. Even the Liberal Party’s own ‘Commission of Audit’ disagreed with the notion.

Personally I think it absurd to put ‘Chaplains’ in public schools, and here’s 5 reasons why: Continue reading Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17

75 Ideas to Transform Australia (Response to the IPA)

Interesting to read conservatives at the Institute of Public Affairs suggesting the Liberal National Party coalition needs to ‘be like Gough‘ if they get a full majority of power in both the lower and upper houses of Parliament at the upcoming federal election.

Of course, they don’t mean the LNP should suddenly back-flip and start actually supporting free education and healthcare for Australian citizens or any of the many other positive, progressive policies brought about during the brief Whitlam era. Instead they only encourage transforming the country with the same speed and vigour Whitlam did, but this time to the detriment of the average tax payer, for the benefit of the super rich.

You can see the full list of 75 suggested changes on their website, but I will share a few of those I think clearly represent the dangers of current extremist policy trend among ‘conservative’ circles in Australia.

  • Close Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
  • Halt construction of the National Broadband Network
  • Privatise Australia Post
  • Privatise CSIRO
  • Privatise Medibank
  • Privatise SBS
  • Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
  • Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
  • Repeal the Fair Work Act Continue reading 75 Ideas to Transform Australia (Response to the IPA)