Since 1919, the Victorian Parliament has begun its daily business with a Christian Prayer. This discriminatory practice does not represent the range of beliefs in Australia’s most diverse state.
Victoria is home to hundreds of religions, one third of us are not religious, and one in ten follow a faith other than Christianity.
It was on that basis that Fiona Patten secured a commitment from the Andrews Government in 2021 to workshop an alternative to the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of the next Parliament. The government has now gone quiet on that commitment.
It would be more appropriate if Parliament started with a moment of reflection. People of any faith can pray silently, and those who are not religious can contemplate the importance of their responsibilities to their constituents.
Parliament should not privilege one religion over another
If you agree that it’s time to change to something that represents Victoria in the 21st Century please click below to email the Premier and Attorney-General and ask them to honour their commitment.
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