Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23

ON 19 JUNE 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23 (19 June 2014).


The High Court held the funding of School Chaplaincy services to schools in Queensland is constitutionally invalid because the legislation purporting to authorise the Commonwealth to enter into agreements to provide the funding is not supported by any head of legislative power under the Australian Constitution.

This is the second time that the national school chaplains program has been held to be invalid: see Williams v The Commonwealth (2012) 248 CLR 156; [2012] HCA 23 (“Williams (No 1)“) http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2012/23.html.


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