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Comment by Alice on December 27, 2011 at 6:22pm

yes - I think that was a few years ago - when they allowed prests to fill the role of counsellors in schools - I think it was about taking advantage of the free service they provided - as opposed to paying a proffessional counsellor to service the students - also it was brought in by John Howards government, who seem mainly christian - on the down side they lack training specific to counselling children; on the up side they are free and they are prohibited from preaching in their role as counsellor.

It is ridiculous and irrisponsible - I'm lucky in that my children don't have a religious counsellor - they have me :)

Comment by Earther on December 27, 2011 at 5:32pm

Alice, I heard their are also catholic ministeries entering the public schools in Australia.

Comment by Alice on December 27, 2011 at 5:02pm

I would love to attend this - but I really don't think I have the money to get over there....

Discrimination is a problem....  coming out as an athiest in England wasn't an issue - as most people seem to be atheists also - or unsure themselves about their own beliefs - but all the same open to different beliefs.

Australia is different - people don't seem as confident to express their views and tend to avoid the issues - in my experience of course.

Comment by Earther on December 27, 2011 at 4:38pm

Interesting.

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