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Senate retains prayer

21 February 2014

SHUTTERSTOCK

THE Australian Senate has rejected an attempt to remove the Lord's Prayer from the start of each sitting.

Senator Dr Richard Di Natale, who represents the Australian Greens, moved that the Senate's procedure committee should consider replacing the Lord's Prayer with an invitation to senators silently to "pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to the people of Australia, to the states and territories which we represent, and to all future generations". His motion was defeated.

The Coalition Government Senate leader, Eric Abetz, had criticised the move as part of the Greens' "ongoing attempt to rewrite our history and deny our heritage".

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