A Greens proposal to exclude the Lord's Prayer from being read at the beginning of a Senate sitting in Federal Parliament has been defeated after it was opposed by Conservative Senator Cory Bernardi and other Senators who value Australian traditions.
The Barossa Leader newspaper reports, the Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert said the Lord's Prayer being read in Parliament is a long standing tradition and cited its first reading was in England in 1558.
He said the decision to oppose the proposal comes down to tradition, "The Greens are constantly having a crack at these traditions. Ultimately it's a tradition supported by the majority of the Senate," he said.
The Green's proposed the statement replacing the Lord's Prayer would have read "Senators, let us, in silence, pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia, and to future generations".
Mr Lambert said it's not compulsory for Senators to participate in the tradition and pointed out the reading of the Lord's Prayer
takes just one minute at the start of proceedings.
"Parliament should continue to uphold this tradition for a very long time," said Mr Lambert.
"The Green's attitude... it's anti-tradition full stop. I think it's fundamentally important to make a stand and to keep tradition, out of respect," he said.
Mr Lambert's told David Penberthy and Will Goodings on Adelaide radio station FIVEaa, the Greens are hell-bent on wrecking our traditions and traditional values.
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