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Motion: Promoting a secular Parliament

Motion
Lee Rhiannon 27 Jul 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:26): I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 22 August 2018:

(a) the following proposed amendments to standing order 50:

(i) omit the heading, substitute, "50 Prayer or reflection and acknowledgement of country", and

(ii) in the first paragraph, omit all words after "following", substitute: "invitation to prayer or reflection: Senators, let us, in silence, pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia, and to future generations", and

(b) in undertaking the inquiry, the committee:

(i) consult with all senators,

(ii) have the power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private sessions, and

(iii) invite submissions and take evidence in public session.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Rhiannon be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [16:28]

Ayes ......................34

Noes ......................30

Majority.................4

Question agreed to.

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