VIDEO: Toowoomba dad's chaplaincy fight back on
THE Toowoomba man who brought taxpayer-funded school chaplaincy momentarily to its knees will make the pilgrimage to the High Court again next week.
Ron Williams successfully challenged the constitutional validity of the $500 million school chaplaincy program in 2011.
Within six days, new legislation was pushed through Parliament which effectively rendered the High Court ruling null and void.
Mr Williams will again challenge the chaplaincy model's validity in the High Court in a three-day hearing starting Monday.
"From the moment Howard announced this thing, it was always wrong," he said.
"It was a political stunt that should never have got started.
"From the very beginning it was never just me - thousands and thousands of other appalled parents and citizens across Australia have been there all along."
The National Commission of Audit report released yesterday listed the school chaplaincy program as recommended for "abolishing or merging".
While the advice lies quite separate to the High Court proceedings, Mr Williams said it was indicative of a changing economic landscape which could see the program cut regardless of the court's findings.
However, he was optimistic the ruling would again be in his favour.
Scripture Union Queensland, listed as co-defendant with the Commonwealth, issued a press release extolling the virtues of school chaplaincy.
"We are glad that this issue has been raised on a national scale because we believe it will again highlight the depth of community support for school chaplaincy, a program that is in constant demand in Australian schools," CEO Peter James said.