Inquiry into Replacing Parliamentary Prayer

On 27 June 2018, the Senate referred the following matter (proposal to replace the parliamentary prayer with an invitation to prayer or reflection) related to the Senate Standing Committee on Procedure for inquiry and report by 22 August 2018.


 

On 27 June 2018, the Senate referred the following matter related to the Committee on procedure for inquiry and report by 22 August 2018.

The proposal to replace the parliamentary prayer with an invitation to prayer or reflection with particular reference to:

(a) the following proposed amendments to standing order 50:

(i) omit the heading, substitute, “50 Prayer or reflection and acknowledgement of country”, and

(ii) in the first paragraph, omit all words after “following”, substitute: “invitation to prayer or reflection: Senators, let us, in silence, pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia, and to future generations”, and

(b) in undertaking the inquiry, the committee:

(i) consult with all senators,

(ii) have the power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private sessions, and

(iii) invite submissions and take evidence in public session.

The closing date for submissions is 3 August 2018.

Making a Submission:

As part of an inquiry, a committee usually asks for written submissions addressing the terms of reference. The terms of reference for each inquiry are on the committee’s website. There are no terms of reference for a bill, because the committee is seeking comments on the bill itself.

Go here for guidelines on how to make a submission.

 

 

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