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Wednesday, 20 September 1995
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am 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 petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Kaine, from eight residents, requesting that the prayer be restored to the opening of the Assembly's sittings.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
Legislative Assembly Prayer
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the 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 per cent 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 ACT residents, and to rescind the motion that abolished the opening prayer.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.