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On or about December 10, 2009 the email below was circulated
to all Australian school principals with an NSCP funded chaplain

Dear Principal,

I’m sure like us, you were pleased to hear that on 21 November 2009 the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, announced that an additional amount of $42.8 million will be spent to extend the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). The extension will ensure that all schools currently funded under the program will be able to continue to provide valuable support in the provision of student wellbeing services until December 2011.

Unfortunately, the funding has only been made available to those schools who are currently participating in the program and as a result we are unable to accept any new applications at this time. There are no plans to change the operational aspects of the program and schools can expect to receive this funding from 1 July 2010 after reporting against the current year of funding.

2010 will be a very busy and exciting year for the Department who will be conducting a broad consultation process to ensure that the program is well targeted going forward. These consultations will consider options for possible future pastoral care initiatives following the end of the program in December 2011. This process will involve a range of stakeholders including state education departments, major service providers, representatives of independent and faith based school systems, peak representative bodies for parent and community organisations, principals and other relevant interest groups.

Our website will be regularly updated with current news on the NSCP

Please note that the Department will be closed from midday 24 December and re-open on 4 January 2010.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making the program a success and we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Petherbridge and the NSCP team.

National School Chaplaincy Program
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
(08) 8306 8758


Current Press Release December 3, 2009

It would appear that the Emperor’s
major wardrobe malfunction is beginning to be noticed!

John Tiedemann illustration Kevin Rudd
Illustration: © 2009 John Tiedemann

Maralyn Parker Daily Telegraph 2009-11-26

John Kaye, Greens MP 2009-11-26

LoonPond 2009-11-26

December 1, 2009

Rudd praises ‘quiet work’ of evangelicals:
evangelicals undermine Liberal Party and ‘national interest’

Kevin Rudd praised the ‘quiet work’ of evangelical Christian organisations at the recent Australian Christian Lobby conference, Saturday 21 November, just before announcing top-up funding of $48 million of tax-payer funds.

There is still no evidence from the controlling body, Julia Gillard’s department DEEWR, concerning the success or failure of the NSCP scheme.

Kevin Rudd was donating our ATO monies on what appears to have been a personal whim, and in reaction to some vigorous lobbying of Opposition members by the ‘quietly working’ evangelicals, many of them connected to organisations involved in employing school chaplains.

Numerous evangelical Christian groups had been running a ‘quiet work’ programme of getting their supporters to email Opposition Senators and MLAs to complain that Rudd was going to ‘stop the funding’ to the NSCP school chaplaincy scheme.

Not ever mentioned in emails to supporters, or within the broader media coverage of the scheme, was that Julie Bishop, Tony Abbott, Nick Minchin and the entire Coalition, had only ever funded the NSCP scheme for a very limited period, to mid-2010.

Far from Rudd threatening to ‘end the funding’, the Coalition had never intended it to run beyond one election cycle.

The ASL is aware that the same evangelical Christian bodies who undertook the ‘quiet work’ of lobbying for more tax funds to extend the unproven NSCP scheme, have more recently been undertaking yet more ‘quiet work’ to undermine the Liberal Party and Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

Today, the ‘quiet work’ Kevin Rudd so admires has paid off, with Turnbull gone, and the ETS scheme under threat in the Senate from the Minchin-Abbott-Bishop evangelical-backed climate deniers.

So the question must be asked of Mr Rudd, Ms. Julia Gillard and Senator Wong, “Are you still happy to see the ‘quiet work’ of evangelical Christian organisations working to de-stabilise both the internal machinery of political parties, and the ‘national interest’ that you insist the ETS represents?”

The question to Mr Abbott must be, “To what extent are you indebted to evangelical Christian politico-activists, and what is to be their reward for generating the tsunami of emails that helped to de-stabilise the Liberal Party, allowing you to challenge, win the leadership and sink the ETS?”

The question for ordinary tax-paying Australians must be, “Do we elect politicians to make decisions in the openness of parliament and in the full glare of the media, or are we happy to have secretive evangelical groups undertaking ‘quiet work’ to determine what is, or is not, in Australia’s ‘national interest’?”

See Australian Christian Lobby climate denying articles:

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