Submission on the Proposal to Replace the Parliamentary Prayer

The Senate Standing Committee on Procedure is considering submissions related to a proposal to replace the parliamentary opening prayer with an invitation for silent reflection or prayer.

As humanists we believe that sectarian (in this case Protestant) prayers are inconsistent with the diversity of beliefs of the Australian community that MPs are elected to represent. The 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census reported that we are a very religiously diverse nation, with 30% stating they have no religious beliefs. We believe in the separation of church and state, and that Australians have the right to live in a secular society, following any or no religion as they see fit. It is not appropriate for government proceedings to be called to order in the name of a God that a significant proportion of the population do not believe exists.

Read our full submission here.