Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie met with community leaders in Gladstone yesterday. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie met with community leaders in Gladstone yesterday. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer Tom Huntley

Jarrod Bleijie supported Ron Williams on chaplains fight

ATTORNEY-General Jarrod Bleijie supported a Toowoomba man's challenge to the federal school chaplaincy funding program - but not because he is against the scheme.

Rather, Mr Bleijie, like his fellow state Attorneys-General, was against the general vibe of how the federal government funded the program.

Backing a challenge to the scheme was just another way of sticking it to the Commonwealth in defence of the state's sovereign rights.

In Queensland's submission to the High Court on behalf of Mr Bleijie, it was argued that the federal government was operating outside its scope as set down in the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997

"In simple terms, s 32B (l) of the FMA Act provides that if, apart from the subsection, the Commonwealth does not have the power to make, vary or administer arrangements or grants that are specified in the regulations, included in a specified class of arrangements or grants, or are for the purposes of a specified program, the Commonwealth has power to make, vary or administer the arrangement or grant," the state argued.

"The plaintiff submits that s 32B of the FMA Act is wholly invalid because it is not a law or it amounts to an impermissible delegation of Commonwealth legislative power."

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