Fascinating article RE religious chaplains by the ever-reliable Mike Seccombe in The Saturday Paper.
I’ve been following this on social media for years thru my membership of the Australian Atheist Foundation.
The core, “pythonesque” attribute of this program has always been these two requirements:
1) The counsellor must be religious
2) The counsellor must not proselytize
Hilarious! Like so much I rail against, it originated with John “I feel like fucking with society” Howard.
Thankfully, the rationalist/humanist movement includes not a few who care enough and are trained in the dark arts of the law and have challenged the law on several occasions.
I love Seccombe’s closing observation- right-wing religious reactionaries hate compulsion, except when it fits their religious beliefs