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24    Historical Events— 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 550—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that 31 October 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation triggered by Martin Luther;

               (b)       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;

                (c)       further notes the significant social, political and religious changes that occurred throughout Europe as a result of, and in response to, the Reformation;

               (d)       recognises the benefits to Australian students from learning more about the Reformation in the school curriculum;

                (e)       further recognises the significant contribution of the Reformation to the advancement of literacy and freedom of thought, conscience, belief and religion; and

                (f)       calls on honourable senators, the House of Representatives and the Federal Government to uphold those freedoms in their legislative deliberations.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.