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Federal Education Minister Jason Clare to take compulsory religion out of school chaplaincy program

Karen Barlow
By Karen Barlow
June 16 2022 - 7:30pm
Federal Education Minister Jason Clare. Picture: Katherine Griffiths

The Albanese Labor government is ending the compulsory religious aspect of the $60 million a year National School Chaplaincy Program, giving schools a choice of chaplain or professionally-qualified student welfare officer.

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Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on karen.barlow@canberratimes.com.au