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Election Survey - Western Australia 2013 - 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 nation.  According to the latest census, about 60% of Western Australians identify with Christianity.

Would you vote to support the continued opening of parliament with Christian prayers

Party Reply Score

WA Labor Party

WA Labor has no plans to remove prayers from the opening of Parliament.


Liberal Party

This is a matter for the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council to decide. A re-elected Liberal Government would not seek to remove the Lord's Prayer from the opening of Parliament.

Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
The Greens 

The Greens (WA) do not differentiate on the basis of faith and we support separation of State and Church.  Our view is that the prayer should be replaced by a minute’s silence allowing each member of Parliament to pray or reflect in accordance with his/her own beliefs. However the review of the Legislative Council’s Standing Orders which last considered this issue was relatively recent and the Greens (WA) do not seek to re-open the question next term.

The Nationals



Australian Christians                                                                                               

Australian Christians supports the retention of Christian prayers at the outset of each daily parliamentary session. Praying gives recognition that all people are under Him and are ruled by Him. Prayers are a reminder that all people are accountable to Him.  The prayers reinforce the Christian Judeo foundation on which our democracy and our constitution is based. We see it in the preamble of our Australian Constitution (‘humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God’) and the symbolism of the four crosses on our Australian flag. CDP believes that successive Federal, State and Local governments across Australia have a responsibility to uphold the Christian principles and traditions that are the root of our national heritage.


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


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