Ron Williams

Secular Public Education Limited is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Our primary charitable purposes are promoting or protecting human rights, promoting or opposing changes to laws, government policies or practices, and advancing education.

While advising and advocating for parents, caregivers, concerned citizens and relevant organisations Australia wide, we are actively pursuing change to government laws and policies regarding religious instruction and federally funded religious chaplains in Australian public schools.

It is also our belief that many of the same government laws and policies are in breach of, and may be challenged under, Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

We are proud to announce that the development of our flagship project, Faith, Philosophy, and Fable – a history of human contemplation, has commenced. Supported by exciting and engaging modular and P-12 graded multimedia resources and materials, FP&F will explore human contemplation from the earliest known manifestations some 300,000 years ago. From Middle Paleolithic burial rites and rituals through the anthropomorphic ‘Lion Man’ figurine of c. 38,000 BCE, to the Sumerian deities of the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian mythology, and the development of eastern and western philosophies and belief systems, Faith, Philosophy, and Fable – a history of human contemplation will comprehensively observe the astonishing history of human thought—the how, when, where, and why.

Ron Williams
Managing Director
Secular Public Education Limited 

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated


Senate Inquiry

The National School Chaplaincy Program was the most irresponsible, outrageous and expensive political stunt ever foisted upon the taxpayers of Australia.

On 27 August 2014 the Federal Government announced that in order to circumvent the High Court decision of 19 June 2014, from 2015 an amount of $248.8 million would be made available to State and Territory Governments to participate in the National School Chaplaincy Program. According to the same ministerial statement by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education:

"The key change to the programme following the High Court decision is an administrative one – the National School Chaplaincy Programme will be funded by the Commonwealth but delivered by the States and Territories."

During the course of my High Court proceedings, I have been approached by a number of persons providing, or offering to provide statements regarding their experiences as past employees, administrators or executives within the National School Chaplaincy Program system. Any person wishing to contribute such information can email me at: Your anonymity will be strictly protected throughout.


2013-11-11 Australian - Pork barrel rolled out without approval

2013-11-06 TEN NEWS - Queensland Government state chaplaincy funding controversy

2013-11-06 CM - SU Qld school chaplains convert students while Ed Qld says they cannot

2013-11-06 CM - Qld Govt plan for schools to use funding for chaplains instead of education

2013-08-16 Bronwyn Hinz - Williams returns to the High Court: this is good and unsurprising

2013-08-09 The Age - School chaplains challenge heads back to the High Court

2013-08-09 Chrys Stevenson - Chaplaincy challenge: Williams returns to the High Court

2013-05-05 The Age - HCC knee-jerk FFL Amendment Bill 'smart alecky, brazen and obnoxious'

2013-03-01 Australian Financial Review - Tenuous link risks program

2013-02-27 Anne Twomey - Turning a deaf ear to the High Court and a blind eye to the Const.

2013-02-23 Australian Financial Review - 'Chaplains War' back in court

2013-02-20 Hansard - Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government

2013-02-03 Telegraph - Federally funded school chaplain preached naked on NSW main street


2012-12-08 QTU NOV Journal - “placement of chaplains extremely inappropriate in state schools”

2012-12-04 SMH - Michael Kirby: Nearly $500,000 spent on NSCP while public education 'thirsting'

2012-10-22 ABC - Faith in schools - the dismantling of Australia's secular public education system

2012-10-13 Herald Sun - Queensland Teachers' Union questions role of chaplains in state schools

2012-08-09 SMH - Barry Jones: Stupidity is on the rise in our age of enlightenment

2012-07-07 The Age - Father to take Canberra on again over chaplains

2012-07-05 SMH - Democracy sidelined in panic over chaplains

2012-07-03 The Australian - School chaplains decision opens can of worms for federal funding

2012-06-28 Lawyers Weekly - Academic says chaplaincy rescue bill is flawed

2012-06-27 The Australian - Williams flags second chaplaincy challenge

2012-06-27 The Punch - Chaplaincy challenge exposes Constitutional cracks

2012-06-27 ABC AM - Opposition brands Government solution for chaplaincy 'flimsy'

2012-06-27 Sen George Brandis - Senate speech FFL Amendment Bill (No3) 2012 second reading

2012-06-27 Anne Twomey - Keeping school chaplains means a surrender to the executive

2012-06-26 Hansard - Greg Hunt MP: "the chaplaincy support and protection bill 2012"

2012-06-26 Hansard - AG Nicola Roxon: FFL bill "a matter of urgency to enable payments"

2012-06-26 Hansard - Peter Garrett: "bill will make sure that the (NSCP) program is maintained"

2013-06-26 SMH - Chaplaincy ruling forces bid for urgent legislation

2012-06-25 Roxon/Garrett - Emergency legislation required to pay parachurches $16.44m

2012-06-25 DEEWR - 'Swift passage of legislation' required to pay evangelical chaplain providers

2012-06-21 ABC R & E - Chaplaincy Challenge: Trophy for Williams - poisoned chalice for states?

2012-06-21 4BC - Peter Garrett discusses chaplaincy decision: "it will continue"

2012-06-20 DEEWR - Media conf on High Court chaplaincy decision - Roxon: "there is a cure"

2012-06-20 SMH - Jim Wallace: 'a technicality - Govt will work quickly with bureaucratic solution'

2012-06-20 ABC NEWS - HC decision - Attorney General Nicola Roxon: "there is a cure"

2012-06-20 SMH - Ruling on chaplains could shift power to the states

2012-06-20 ABCTV 7.30 - Williams wins High Court challenge - Fed funding contracts invalid


2011-08-29 ABC Rel & Ethics - States play cat & mouse in High Court chaplaincy challenge

2011-08-13 ABCTV NEWS - Ed Qld defends NSCP chaplain organising 'creation science' lecture

2011-08-13 Chrys Stevenson - High Court challenge day 3b: 'The Master' speaks

2011-08-12 Chrys Stevenson - High Court challenge day 3a: Terrible consequences

2011-08-11 Chrys Stevenson - High Court challenge day 2: Scintillating boredom

2011-08-10 Chrys Stevenson - High Court challenge day 1: The hearing begins

2011-08-09 ABCTV 7.30 - Campaign against chaplaincy program reaches the High Court

2011-08-09 Chrys Stevenson - High Court challenge: The last man standing?

2011-08-08 Chrys Stevenson - High Court challenge: We arrive in Canberra

2011-08-03 ABC The Drum - Chaplaincy Challenge: A pre-hearing summary

2011-07-21 Rev Bill Crews - Axe the school chaplaincy program

2011-07-21 SMH - NSW Government joins High Court challenge in favour of plaintiff

2011-07-14 Melbourne Age - Canberra defends chaplains scheme

2011-07-12 Melbourne Age - WA Government joins chaplaincy challenge in favour of plaintiff

2011-07-09 SMH - God's dollar better spent on welfare

2011-07-09 Canberra Times - Opinion: John Warhurst

2011-07-06 Ulladulla Times - Chaplains under fire

2011-07-04 ABC Drum - Mental health is more complex than a little teenage angst

2011-07-04 The Punch - Most school chaplains are dangerously unqualified

2011-07-02 SMH - Anglican church queries school chaplain program

2011-06-29 The Australian - Call to dump school chaplains

2011-06-28 Perth Now - Psychologists: school Christian chaplain program puts kids at risk

2011-06-27 Herald Sun - Government considers schooling for chaplains

2011-06-27 ABC NEWS - Garrett backs controversial school chaplaincy

2011-06-27 ABCTV 7:30 - Minister for School Education Peter Garrett interview

2011-06-27 ABCTV 7:30 - School chaplaincy under the spotlight

2011-06-27 SXNEWS - Lesson plan

2011-06-17 SMH - Kirby urges greater justice for public education

2011-06-09 Courier Mail - Principals urgently plead for more mental health specialists

2011-06-03 Melbourne Age - Labor Senator: National School Chaplaincy Program "scary"

2011-06-02 NINE NEWS - No minimum qualifications for chaplains

2011-06-02 The Drum - Sneaking God in through the back door: ending the NSCP

2011-06-01 Leader - Row over role of chaplains

2011-05-30 TEN NEWS - Challenge to National School Chaplaincy Program

2011-05-25 The Australian - Union hits out at cuts to school programs

2011-05-24 Melbourne Age - Chaplaincy challenge reveals legal failure

2011-05-21 The Australian - Chaplaincy program participants beyond a prayer

2011-05-19 New Matilda - Keep the proselytisers where they belong

2011-05-18 Sydney Anglicans - A mixed up debate

2011-05-16 ABC Religion & Ethics - It's time to deny access to our children

2011-05-17 The Standard - Warrnambool schools likely to defy anti-chaplaincy push

2011-05-16 ABC Religion & Ethics - It's time to deny access to our children

2011-05-16 Peter Garrett MP - Garrett forgets to mention 25% NSCP budget component

2011-05-16 Daily Telegraph - Keep religion out of public education

2011-05-15 ABC News - Carr urges Gillard to scrap chaplain funding

2011-05-14 Melbourne Age - We are not out to convert children in schools: Bishop

2011-05-13 SMH - Ditch funds to chaplaincy program: Greens

2011-05-13 ABC NEWS - Deciple claim sparks call for chaplain funding freeze

2011-05-13 Herald Sun - Former NSW Premier calls for scrapping of NSCP

2011-05-13 ABC TV NEWS - NSCP chaplain employer: "chaplains need to make deciples"

2011-05-13 ABC NEWS - Chaplains investigated over student 'deciples'

2011-05-13 The Punch - Let us pray that school chaplains are given the chop

2011-05-13 Melbourne Age - School religion classes and NSCP chaplaincy provider probed

2011-05-12 ABC NEWS - Chaplain budget boost no blessing say critics

2011-05-11 Daily Telegraph - $222m chaplaincy plan is a decision that does not compute

2011-05-11 The Punch - God in the classroom: school chaplaincy FAQs

2011-05-11 SMH - God comes out on top with $222m

2011-05-10 ACL - Australian Christian Lobby welcomes budget funding for school chaplains

2011-05-10 SMH - New investment in schools tops $800m

2011-05-10 West Australian - Court bid poses threat to chaplains

2011-05-09 Peter Garrett MP - Budget 2011-2012 National School Chaplaincy Program

2011-05-02 Daily Telegraph - Bob Carr slams chaplain funds

2011-05-01 Melbourne Age - Push to kick religion out of schools

2011-04-29 ABC NEWS - Kirby calls for religion re-think in schools

2011-04-29 Christian Today - Qld chaplains determined to serve schools regardless of HC decision

2011-04-26 West Australian - Evangelism grows in state schools

2011-04-24 ACCESS Ministries - Testimonial - school chaplaincy

2011-04-24 Melbourne Age - School chaplain body says it has 'mission'

2011-04-23 Sunday Mail - Battle to save school chaplains

2011-04-14 ABC Religion & Ethics - No government funds please, we're Christians

2011-04-14 Australian Christian Lobby - Schools want chaplaincy, says Garrett

2011-04-14 ABC TV Hungry Beast - School chaplaincy

2011-04-13 ABC RN Australia Talks - Chaplains in schools

2011-04-10 ABC RN Background Briefing - Church and State

2011-04-08 Bob Carr - Withdraw tax money for school chaplains

2011-04-08 ABC NEWS - Chaplains accused of pushing religion in schools

2011-04-08 ABC RN AM - High Court challenge on chaplains program

2011-04-08 Bundaberg News Mail - Breakfast to help chaplains

2011-04-06 Pine Rivers Press - Rotary on chappy side in court challenge

2011-03-31 Toowoomba Chronicle - Father not put off by opposition

2011-03-30 Journey Online - Chaplain challenge heads to High Court

2011-03-21 Christian Today - Atheists & Psychologists demonising chaplains

2011-02-18 Australian Christian Lobby - Update on High Court challenge to chaplaincy

2011-02-15 Herald Sun - Expel god from classrooms

2011-02-13 Brisbane Times - Extra chaplains approved for state school children

2011-02-13 Leslie Cannold - Religiously defending the right to remain secular

2011-02-12 Australian - School chaplains not representative

2011-02-11 QLD Education Minister - Queensland Government support for school chaplains

2011-02-11 Hon Peter Garret MP - National School Chaplaincy Program

2011-02-07 QLD GOVT - School chaplains are the Salvos of the school yard

2011-02-04 SUQ CEO Tim Mander - 'sympathetic journalists' email to Queensland State Schools

2011-02-04 SMH Richard Ackland - Religiously follow the rules or catch church in bed with state

2011-01-27 ABCTV News - Father questions constitutional legality of NSCP funding

2011-01-27 Daily Telegraph - Challenging the $222m chaplains

2011-01-27 ABC RN Ali Benton - Father takes govt to court over school chaplaincy program

2011-01-27 Radio 4BC - Scripture Union Qld CEO Tim Mander with ex Fed Lib MP Gary Hardgrave

2011-01-01 SMH - Chaplains in schools are 'inadequately supervised'


2010-12-14 Christianity Today - Australia's atheist prime minister wants chaplains in schools

2010-11-28 NT Ombudsman - Investigation report on the operation of NSCP chaplaincy services

2010-11-27 NT News - Probe into chaplaincy after poisonous drama

2010-11-25 ABC News - Church asked why paedophile housed near school

2010-11-25 ABC TV - Scathing criticism for chaplaincy program

2010-10-30 SMH - With God by their side

2010-10-24 ABC TV 'Compass' - Challenging the Chaplains

2010-10-04 On Line Opinion - The whale in the bay of Australian politics

2010-09-08 The Freethinker UK - Australian Rationalists want 'dangerous' NSCP scrapped

2010-09-07 On Line Opinion - Recruiting for Jesus: open letter to Hon. Simon Crean

2010-09-05 Melbourne Age - Chaplains in schools challenged

2010-09-01 RSA newsletter - Fighting the National School Chaplaincy Program

2010-08-31 ACSSO - The Public vs the Political Debate

2010-08-21 The Australian - The missing handout was worth $222m

2010-08-16 SMH - Suffer the children left behind

2010-08-16 National Times - Why are we robbing our littlies to preach Paul?

2010-08-15 Brisbane Times - God botherers infiltrate Brisbane high school

2010-08-15 P Z Myers - Australian priorities

2010-08-15 Brisbane Times - Kids need more healers, not chaplains: psychologist group

2010-08-10 Brisbane Times - Who will rid me of turbulent god-botherers? Not our first atheist PM

2010-08-10 ABC News - The Prime Minister puts her faith in chaplaincy

2010-08-09 Secular Party - The secular party condemns Gillard on chaplains

2010-08-09 Crikey - Jesus weeps for Gillard the hypocrite

2010-08-09 ACL - Video: Prime Minister Julia Gillard with ACL CEO Jim Wallace

2010-08-08 ACL - ACL welcomes Labor's commitment to expand chaplaincy

2010-08-08 Herald Sun - Labor pitch to the Christian vote today

2010-08-08 Brisbane Times - Prime Minister shaken by the ghosts of elections past

2010-08-08 Melbourne Age - Gillard pitches to Christian voters

2010-08-06 ABC Online - It seems the real Julia can't ignore the Christian lobby

2010-03-10 Melbourne Age - Greens push for counsellors, not chaplains

2010-01-01 Religion and Public Education Resources - Various sources

2009-11-23 PM Kevin Rudd - Keynote address to Australian Christian Lobby national conference


2006 - 2009

2006-05-10 ABC Religion Report - Religion in schools

2006-05-22 The Hon Julie Bishop MP - Religion in Queensland State schools

2006-06-11 Melbourne Age - State school chaplain push

2006-06-18 Melbourne Age - Howard backs school chaplain bid

2006-06-22 DOGS - State school chaplain promoters attack church State separation

2006-06-26 Melbourne Age - Chaplain bid provocative and divisive

2006-08-06 The Australian - Christian MPs meeting hits back at secularism

2006-08-06 The Australian - Christian MPs meeting hits back at secularism

2006-10-29 ABC News - John Howard: "I am calling them chaplains - it has a connotation"

2006-10-29 Melbourne Age - School chaplain plan gets go-ahead

2006-10-29 Daily Telegraph - Chaplains to join schools

2006-10-29 Melbourne Age - School chaplain plan unveiled

2006-10-30 ABC News - Chaplains plan safe from extremists, Howard says

2006-10-30 ABC News - School chaplain call a 'cheap political stunt'

2006-10-30 ABC RN AM - Govt announces school chaplaincy plan

2006-10-30 DOGS - School chaplains: Howard a revolutionary and ignoramus, Bob Carr is correct

2006-10-30 ABC RN PM - Cardinal Pell welcomes school chaplain plan

2006-10-30 Melbourne Age - $90 Million for school chaplains

2006-10-30 The Australian - Teachers baulk at Howard's chaplains

2006-10-30 SMH - It's chaplainin' time!

2006-10-30 NEWS COM AU - Chaplains 'will not force religion on kids'

2006-10-30 Australia Institute - Howard's morality play

2006-10-30 SMH - Catholics and Carr wary of school chaplains plan

2006-10-30 The Age - Howard defends chaplain scheme proposal

2006-10-31 SMH - NSCP sole creator: "all thanks to God who makes all things possible"

2006-10-31 The Age - Getting into bed with the State

2006-10-31 The Age - Exactly what's in it for the unbelievers?

2006-10-31 The Age - Meddling with religious belief

2006-10-31 The Age - Canberra's plan for chaplains comes under fire

2006-10-31 The Australian - Grassroots idea grows into $90 million scheme

2006-10-31 Daily Telegraph - Thin end of a religious wedge

2006-11-01 The Age John Howard -This is no attempt to force feed religion to children

2006-11-01 The Age - Chaplains cause rift in Labor ranks

2006-11-01 Courier Mail - Chaplains rejected

2006-11-03 Online Opinion - Cash and chaplains: the continuing seduction of the church

2006-11-28 SMH - Greens unhappy with stacked Fed school chaplaincy program reference group

2006-11-30 DOGS - School Chaplaincy Reference group stacked

2007-03-07 DOGS - Howard's chaplaincy program rejected by Roman Catholic church

2007-03-25 SMH - Parents, principals turn down chaplains

2007-05-30 ABC World Today - Demand for school chaplains high: Bishop

2008-03-13 ABC News - Chaplaincy program suspended in rural area

2008-05-27 ABC News - Parents, Democrats vow to fight school chaplaincy program

2008-06-11 ABC Religion Report - Chaplains in State schools

2008-12-06 The Australian - School chaplains 'worked miracles'

2009-11-23 PM Kevin Rudd - Keynote address to Australian Christian Lobby national conference

2009-11-25 Daily Telegraph - Public schools do not need Christian chaplains

2009-11-27 DOGS - Chaplaincy in schools program offends s.116 of the Australian Constitution

2009-12-01 The Hon Michael Kirby - In praise of excellence in Public Education

2009-12-03 The Hon Michael Kirby - In praise of secular education