Darling Heights State School chaplain Julie Inskip says the High Court’s ruling could actually improve the school chaplaincy program.
Darling Heights State School chaplain Julie Inskip says the High Court’s ruling could actually improve the school chaplaincy program. John Farmer

Ruling may improve chaplaincy

A TOOWOOMBA chaplain believes there are positives to come out of the High Court's ruling that the Federal Government's school chaplaincy program was invalid.

Julie Inskip, chaplain at Darling Heights State School since 2008, said the court's decision did not come as much of a surprise.

"I don't think there was any doubt (about the result) once Ron Williams brought it to the attention of people that the way it was funded was unconstitutional," she said.

But Mrs Inskip said the ruling could actually improve chaplaincy in schools.

"In one way we are pleased with the decision," she said.

"The Federal Government has promised to validate chaplaincy and find a way to support chaplains.

"It is much better than working under a system that was bound to fall down."

Mrs Inskip said it was vital chaplains remained in Queensland's school system regardless of the fallout from the High Court's ruling.

"I believe that (without chaplains) you would have thousands of kids falling through the cracks and saying their school years were terrible," she said.

"While chaplains can't grab all of them, we can grab a lot."



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