High Court dad back for round two

Toowoomba father Ron Williams is heading back to the High Court for round two.
Toowoomba father Ron Williams is heading back to the High Court for round two. Nelson Lau

THE Toowoomba father who successfully challenged the Commonwealth Government over the legitimacy of its school chaplaincy program is back for round two.

Two weeks ago, Ron Williams celebrated a High Court ruling that found the school chaplaincy scheme was invalid.

It also cast legal doubt on billions of dollars worth of funding for hundreds of government programs.

The High Court's ruling in essence meant the government could not spend money on programs without authority from legislation.

That put the future of a range of programs, including school chaplaincy, local government road funding and veteran support, in serious doubt.

Mr Williams has now announced he is returning to the High Court after the Federal Government sidestepped the decision.

It has amended financial framework legislation to include 427 arrangements, grants and programs it could fund without legislation.

The law was passed by both houses last Monday and should come into effect later this month.

Mr Williams said he owed it to those people who had funded his initial High Court challenge to continue the fight.

Like his previous challenge, the latest one will be funded by public donations. Mr Williams expects it will cost about $300,000.

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