THE school chaplaincy program has this morning been declared invalid in a landmark High Court decision which could cast doubt on other areas of Commonwealth funding, including funding for the arts, sport, local government road schemes and even potentially, the environment.
One of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers George Williams said the implications of the case were massive and could potentially affect any program directly funded by the Federal Government.
This would include the local government Roads Recovery program and even direct funding of private schools.
”This sets down very significant limits on the ability of the Commonwealth to spend money,” Mr Williams said.
The actual decision is here.
Limiting the power of the Commonwealth is spend money must be a good thing – hopefully this will be part of trend where people challenge the spending decisions make in Canberra. The end game must be transferring decision making power and taxation power to the States.