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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Page: 6296


Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (19:06): Minister, on Sunday night I attended a multifaith church service at St Marks Anglican Church in Golden Grove where five new chaplains were commissioned for schools in the electorate of Makin. I spoke to almost everyone there on the night, and there were probably 100 people. Without exception, they all applauded the government's commitment of an additional $200 million-plus to the School Chaplaincy Program and were very pleased to know that the program is to be continued for the next three years. Minister, firstly, how is the program being received? But perhaps more importantly, what kind of feedback are you getting in respect of the chaplaincy service that is being provided in the schools and what kind of demand is coming back to you in respect of that service?