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The Clerk: The following petitions have been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Hird and Mr Kaine, from 28 and 64 residents, respectively, requesting that the prayer be restored to the opening of the Assembly's sittings.
By Ms McRae and Mr Stefaniak, from 120 and 98 residents, respectively, requesting that the lease and development application for the community sporting facilities in McKellar be approved.
The terms of these petitions will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
Legislative Assembly Prayer
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.
We request that the Legislative Assembly recognise the Christian beliefs of the majority of A.C.T. residents, and to rescind the motion that abolished the opening prayer.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.