Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 1681..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Hird, Mr Kaine, Mr Osborne and Ms Tucker, four petitions of similar wording, from 36, 48, 27 and six residents, respectively, requesting that the prayer be restored to the opening of the Assembly's sittings.
The terms of these petitions will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petition read as follows:
Petition to the ACT Legislative Assembly, through the Speaker, Mr Greg Cornwell MLA, seeking the restoration of prayers at the commencement of each session of the Legislative Assembly.
To the Speaker and Members of the A.C.T. Legislative Assembly in Parliament assembled.
The petition of the undersigned residents of the Australian Capital Territory respectfully notes that:
1. We are opposed to the abolition of the Legislative Assembly's opening prayer and replacement by `silent reflection'.
2. We believe that, as the population of the Australian Capital Territory is at least 75% Christian (committed and nominal), the Legislative Assembly has ignored the greater majority of the residents of this territory.