Lord’s Prayer stays in State Parliament, but may not be there for ever and ever

Labour has vowed to axe the century-old tradition of reciting the Lord’s Prayer in Victoria’s State Parliament if re-elected, after striking an 11th-hour deal with a crossbench MP to put off a vote on the contentious matter.

Upper house MPs debated a motion to remove the prayer, which has been said at the start of each sitting day since 1918, in Parliament on Wednesday.

The push was led by Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, who wants the prayer scrapped in favour of a Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for politicians to reflect on their responsibilities to the people of Victoria.

Ahead of the debate, Ms Patten said removing the prayer would “heal division in the community”.

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