Australia: Greens want the Lord’s Prayer dumped from federal parliament sittings


Acting Greens leader Richard Di Natale claims the use of the Lord’s Prayer in federal parliament is outmoded and does not reflect modern multi-faith Australian society. Source: News Limited
THE Australian Greens want the Lord’s Prayer dropped from the opening of each day’s federal parliament sittings.

THE AUSTRALIAN

Acting Greens leader Richard Di Natale says the use of the prayer is outmoded and does not reflect modern multi-faith Australian society.

It was introduced in June 1901, and at the time the House of Representatives decided the Speaker and not an official parliamentary chaplain should lead the prayer.

Senator Di Natale said he would ask a committee to take a fresh look at the prayer, with a view to removing it from the standing orders and replacing it with a secular opening statement.

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