Parliament has well and truly resumed for the year. It began with a church service on Tuesday morning just a stone’s throw from Parliament and there are many hot issues that have already been debated.
At present, things are fairly quiet regarding faith-based schools. At the start of the week, Greens’ Senator Janet Rice publicly stated that she believed legislation on discrimination within schools would be passed within a week. However debate on the topic didn’t even take place.
Last week, I presented with our colleague Mark Spencer, from CSA, at another Senate Inquiry into Discrimination in faith-based schools. This time the inquiry was chaired by the Government.
The report of that committee was due to be released on Monday but it was delayed until the end of the week, meaning that the topic has been pushed forward and is now extremely unlikely to be decided before the election in May as the Senate doesn’t sit next week. The key findings of the report are below, along with a couple of other updates.
On a different note, we have heard that a couple of schools have received less than they expected in funding at the start of the year, from the federal government. If you are in that position and don’t know why, please let us know, giving as much detail as you are able, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been praying for you as the school year has commenced. It is wonderful to think of the many children and families being served by your work. Thank you.
Yours in Christ,
Erik (and the AACS Board)