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FOR – Acknowledgement of country and prayer

Labor Senator Anthony Chisholm moved on behalf of Labor Senator Katy Gallagher that:

standing order 50 be amended, with effect from the first sitting day in October 2022, to read as follows— 

50 Acknowledgement of country and prayer 

The President, on taking the chair each day, shall make an acknowledgement of country in the following terms: 

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples who are the traditional custodians of the Canberra area and pay respect to the elders, past and present, of all Australia's Indigenous peoples. 

The President shall then read the following prayer: 

Senators, I invite you, as I read the prayer, to pray or reflect in your own way on your responsibilities to the people of Australia and to future generations. 

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy special blessing upon this Parliament, and that Thou wouldst be pleased to direct and prosper the work of Thy servants to the advancement of Thy glory, and to the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 

The motion was voted up with 30 votes in favour and 23 against. 

Senator Pocock voted YES.