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Thursday, 30 September 1993
Page: 1459

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

  That we, the undersigned, call for the full and total recognition, by Federal Parliament and the High Court and all government agencies that Australia is a Christian Commonwealth according to law and its heritage traditions and customs.

  That as Australia prepares for the Centenary of Federation on 1st January, 2001 AD we celebrate our Centenary as a Christian Commonwealth as described by the Founders of Federation such as Sir John Downer, who said "The Commonwealth will be from its first stage a Christian Commonwealth and as stated in our Federal Constitution—"Relying on the Blessings of Almighty God. . .

  That our Federal Parliament therefore implement the following policies before 1st January, 2001 AD.

  (1)The Adoption of a Christian National Anthem—"God Bless Australia" to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda".

  (2)The adoption of a Christian National Motto—"One Nation Under God", for use on our coins, banknotes, etc.

  (3)The appointment of practising Christians as Vice Regal Representatives of our Christian Queen, Elizabeth II.

  (4)The retention of our Christian Prayers at the daily opening of Parliament in the standing respectful presence of all Members of Parliament.

  (5)The retention of "God Save the Queen" for Vice Regal Functions as our Royal Anthem and as our National Hymn for all other civic functions.

  (6)The retention of Christian Christmas Carols in our State Schools and other civic functions during the Christmas Season.

  (7)Officially inform the United Nations and all the other nations of the world that Australia is a Christian Commonwealth.

  Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honourable House will reaffirm our Christian Heritage as a Christian Commonwealth.

  And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.