Ron Williams one of nation's most influential

TOOWOOMBA man Ron Williams hopes being named as one of Australia's most culturally influential people will help his push for a senate inquiry into state school chaplaincy program.

Mr Williams placed fifth in the Australian Financial Review's top 10 cultural power list, ahead of celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Chris Lilley as well as Chief of the Australian Army David Morrison.

An 11-person panel, including former Liberal deputy leader Peter Reith, former Labor minister for foreign affairs Bob Carr and University of Queensland vice-chancellor Professor Peter Hoj, compiled the list.

"I'm quite chuffed about it actually," Mr Williams said.

In June, he won his second High Court challenge against tax-payer funded school chaplaincy.

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The Australian Financial Review article said Mr Williams' influence had touched every public school in the country.

"A musician and father of six, Williams engaged in a David and Goliath battle when he took on the Federal Government in the High Court, not once but twice, and won on both occasions..." the article read.

It quoted Bob Carr, who described Williams use of the courts to challenge public policy as unusual.

"I thought it was crossing a major divide for the Federal Government to start funding chaplaincy activities in schools and he has taken it on," Mr Carr said.

Mr Williams hoped to use the momentum in his push to sway senators to investigate the National School Chaplaincy Program.

"There has been this ambiguous plan that is going on at the moment to put it (chaplaincy) out through the states and I'm keeping an ear to that," Mr Williams aid.

He said he would start trying to persuade senators next week.

"You just have to get enough senators to approve forming a committee.

"It is possibly not as big of a mountain as two High Court challenges."

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