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Election Survey - South Australia 2014 - Q1

Q1 - Prayers in Parliament

Prayers in parliament are an important daily reminder that we must all ultimately answer to the higher authority of Almighty God. The prayers, which consist of the Lord's Prayer and a request for God's guidance, are an expression of the Christian foundation of our state and nation. According to the latest national census, about 61% of Australians identify with Christianity.

Would you vote to support the continued daily opening of State Parliament with Christian prayers? 

Party Reply Score

Labor Party

The Labor Party received this survey in January but has declined to respond despite repeated requests.  In the past the ALP has supported parliamentary prayers.


Liberal Party

Prayers are a longstanding tradition of parliaments both State and Federal. In the last Parliament, there has been no proposal before the Parliament of South Australia to change the current practice.

The State Liberal Party has therefore not taken a position on this question.  However in the past when this issue was raised Liberal Members ahve supported the status quo.

Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
SA Greens 

The SA Greens received this survey in January but have declined to respond despite several requests.  In the past, the Greens have opposed parliamentary prayers.

Stop Population Growth Now
I support the replacement of prayers in Parliament with the recital of the names and rank of 10 military personnel who died for Australia (different names each day).

Please note you may only record and publish my opinions as expressed above, in full. Please do not place your own interpretation on them.


Dignity for Disability                                                                                               

Dignity For Disability sent 10 individual replies but no party reply.  Two candidates would definitely support the daily opening of parliament with Christian prayers; five definitely would not; three were unlikely to do so.


Nick Xenophon Team                                                                                               

Nick Xenophon is not standing for election – he is a federal senator.  His SA upper house candidates John Darley and Connie Bonaros have not replied: Nick Xenophon has told us he never replies to surveys.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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