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It’s Time for the Senate to Ditch the Lord’s Prayer

The 2016 census revealed that 52% of Australians would classify themselves as Christian…if they were forced to label their beliefs. Undoubtedly, a far smaller percentage would label themselves as devout observers of the faith. With only a small minority reciting the Lord’s Prayer on a daily basis.

Yet in Canberra, every Senate sitting kicks off with a reading of the Lord’s Prayer. It’s been this way since 1903, following a petition by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales.

But there’s a growing movement to ditch the prayer. And in the spirit of keeping Church and State at arm’s length, The Australian Tribune believes it’s time to do so. Though senators would do well to take note of the phrase, ‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.’

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What should the prayer be replaced with?

Retired Greens senator Lee Rhiannon is behind the latest push to bin the Lord’s Prayer. She believes it should be replaced with an ‘inclusive’ statement, according to the AAP.

Rhiannon suggested it would be more appropriate to use words such as, ‘Senators, let us, in silence, pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia, and to future generations.’

The AAP reports that the inquiry received more than 400 submissions. Four of those submissions came from Liberal and Labor senators who wish to keep the current prayer.

In his submission to the committee, Queensland LNP senator James McGrath stated, ‘I see no reason to abandon this tradition.

In June, Rhiannon said the statement should be inclusive of all beliefs and faiths in a secular country such as Australia.

A Senate committee was set to release its report on the renewed efforts to scrap the prayer from federal parliament today. But the committee is now looking to extend the reporting date to 13 September so it can consider additional evidence.

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Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
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  1. “The Australian Tribune believes it’s time to do so” – why?

    If Muslims become 51% of the population, should we become an Islamic state?

    The fact that I have to ask why is just one reason why it shouldn’t be changed.

    This paper to its credit nearly always focuses on important issues. Not sure why you would make this a hobby horse.

  2. It is definitely time for our politicians to ditch the Lord’s prayer and show their true colours of promoting Satan’s agenda. They welcome false religions in Australia; they seek self power, not to serve; they teach false theories such as the Big Bang and Evolution in schools making sure the kids will never know their creator; they allow the abomination of homosexual marriage; they try to force medication on the people (fluoride & vaccinations) causing a health epidemic; they argue like undisciplined kids in parliament and take every opportunity to defame others; we fight Zionist wars without due cause. The Lord’s will is certainly not being done in Australian politics, so why say those dead words? If only they knew and loved the Lord with all of their hearts, this country would be blessed and become great indeed.

  3. What a pointless and stupid article – about as pointless and stupid as Lee Rhiannon’s contribution to the discussion. Whether you like it or not, Australia was founded on Christian principles. Anyway, as your article points out, 52% of Australians identify as Christians. So, majority wins doesn’t it? Why should the atheist agenda be foisted upon us? Have you even considered the thoughts or wishes of our ancestors who built the nation? Have you thought about the people who gave their lives in the armed services to defend our way of life? Do you think they would have supported your silly ideas? Do you think they would have given their lives to see the nation dump the very ideals they fought and died for? If you have a bee in your bonnet about this whole topic, have you considered hopping onto a plane and going to Saudi Arabia and arguing against Sharia law? I thought not – you just want to push your left wing socialist crap on us. No thank you!

  4. who is Lee Rhiannon for goodness sake…retired Greens????? Give us a break does she not understand we are governed by elected representatives unlike her…. past her use by date !! Tradition is just that and worthy of the respect it deserves.She no doubt extols the virtues of respecting our indigenous peoples culture but seems to think we the majority don’t fit the bill. Madness !!!

  5. So Lee, you want us to be Godless in our world now? How disgraceful, just because you don’t have any beliefs you expect everyone else to be the same. All you are doing is making it easier for Moslems to take over from our Christian Country. You should be ashamed of yourself.