Senator Cory Bernardi tabled a motion recognising the 500th anniversary of the reformation noting the multitude of advances in literacy and freedom of thought attributed to this chapter in history.
The motion read as follows:
I give notice that on the next day of sitting, I shall move - That the Senate:
(1) notes that 31 October 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of "the Reformation" triggered by Martin Luther;
(2) also notes that in Australia and around the world this anniversary was commemorated, including for the first time in history by Catholics and Protestants together in joint ecumenical events;
(3) further notes the significant social, political and religious changes that occurred throughout Europe as a result of and in response to "the Reformation";
(4) recognises the benefits to Australian students from learning more about "the Reformation" in the school curriculum;
(5) further recognises the significant contribution of "the Reformation" to the advance of literacy and freedom of thought, conscience, belief & religion; and
(6) calls upon Honourable Senators, the House and the Federal Government to uphold these freedoms in their legislative deliberations
The motion was successful, receiving enough support to pass the Senate.