School chaplaincy, secularism and church-state separation in a liberal democracy

James, Peter C. J. and Benson, David (2013). School chaplaincy, secularism and church-state separation in a liberal democracy. In: After Williams Colloquium: Abstracts and Papers. After Williams Colloquium, Toowomba, QLD, Australia, (). 4 October, 2013.

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Author James, Peter C. J.
Benson, David
Title of paper School chaplaincy, secularism and church-state separation in a liberal democracy
Conference name After Williams Colloquium
Conference location Toowomba, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 4 October, 2013
Convener USQ School of Law and Justice
Proceedings title After Williams Colloquium: Abstracts and Papers
Place of Publication Toowomba, QLD, Australia
Publisher University of Southern Queensland
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Language eng
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In the Williams No.1 case, the High Court held unanimously that school chaplaincy is not ‘an office under the Commonwealth’ for the purposes of s 116 of the Australian Constitution and therefore that Commonwealth funding of school chaplaincy was not invalid on the basis of the establishment clause. While the case adds very little to jurisprudence on church–state separation and religious freedom, and Williams No.2 does not raise the issue, the premise of the plaintiff's case highlights a particular secularist view of education and the role of religion or spirituality therein. In the context of Australian jurisprudence on religion in the public sphere, this paper critically examines that secularist view and the role of spirituality in education and child development and wellbeing.
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