School Chaplaincy

Religious groups are claiming that taxpayer funding for school chaplains in public schools -- a program costing hundreds of millions of dollars -- is necessary to protect freedom of religion. At the same time, those groups are condemning the Safe Schools program as "indoctrination of children into the LGBTI lifestyle".

In the 2014 horror budget, the Abbott government managed to find $245 million to fund the chaplaincy program out to the end of the 2017-18 financial year. Tuesday's budget could result in the Turnnbull government axing the controversial program -- which Abbott had made even more controversial by removing the option for schools to hire secular workers in the place of chaplains.