What a month it has been! A lot has changed since our last Newsletter. We have a new Prime Minister, a new Minister for Education and a new funding arrangement for Non-Government Schools.
The upheavals in Canberra have meant some re-orientation of work for AACS and indeed for everyone representing the education sector.
We have more clarity about the direction of school funding (assuming agreement can be reached with the State Governments) but we have also seen the spotlight turn more directly onto religious freedom and the implications for schools. The new Prime Minister, Hon Scott Morrison MP, has highlighted religious freedom as a key area of concern for him.
Over the past few weeks we have been meeting with Advisors to the Prime Minister, Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Education and Attorney General to continue explaining why Christian schools exist and why our freedoms are important if Australia is to continue offering choice and diversity in education. These have been positive meetings.
We have also said farewell to our colleague Wendy who helped up establish the AACS office in Canberra.
We will communicate more substantially on religious freedom in the coming weeks, but for now, we hope this newsletter gives you a summary of some of the key issues of the past month.
Grace and peace to you all,
Erik and Annette