Howard (predictably) backs school chaplain bid

from The Age today.

A PLAN to encourage state schools to take on full-time chaplains
has won overwhelming Federal Government backing and is being
seriously considered by Prime Minister John Howard.

The proposal — revealed last week in The Sunday Age
— was presented to a meeting of Coalition MPs on Tuesday where
it received strong support from both Liberal and National MPs.

Four Liberal MPs — parliamentary secretary on the
Environment Greg Hunt and Dr Andrew Laming, Louise Markus and David
Fawcett — have written to Mr Howard suggesting that the
Commonwealth match funds voluntarily raised by state schools
wishing to take on a full-time chaplain.


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