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Motion: Promoting a secular Parliament

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

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Senate supports Greens motion change to opening prayers

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 27 June 2018

Senate supports Greens motion change to opening prayers

Today the Senate has supported a Greens motion requiring the Senate Procedure Committee to set up an inquiry into changing the Senate opening from a Christian prayer to an inclusive statement.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for Democracy moved the motion to make the Senate more respectful of our nation’s diverse and multicultural population.

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Motion: Promoting a secular Parliament

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

Notice of Motion - Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales)

I give notice that I will move:

  1. That the following proposed amendments to standing order 50 be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 22 August 2018:

(a) 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

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