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Our First Commonwealth Parliament- A Christian Service

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How did we develop our freedoms over the last thousand years?

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Why do we have a Christian Commonwealth?

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The history of the Insertion of the words "...humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God" in  our Commonwealth Constitution as well as the desire to open each sitting of parliament in prayer.

Unto God and Caesar by Richard Ely
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Queensland Parliament House Bible Verse

The two ground floor stained glass windows feature text from The Bible, Psalm 127-1, stating:
Except the Lord build the house, they labour but in vain that build it.
Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
This text was chosen by Mrs Elizabeth Emily O’Connell (nee le Geyt), who was the wife of Sir Maurice Charles O’Connell, the second President of the Legislative Council.


Origins of the Australian System of Law by By Rev Dr David Mitchell

An Independent Nation; The Place of United Nations Law in Australian Law; The Heads of State; The Queen's representative


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Dr David Mitchell, an Australian Lawyer and a leading authority on Constitutional and Human Rights issues, a graduate of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Amongst many attainments he was Attorney-General of the African nation of Lesotho, an ordained Presbyterian Minister and was an elected delegate to the Constitutional Convention held in 1988.

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Summit Ministries talk by David Mitchell in January 2007 in Canberra. Speaking on Origins of Australian Law.


Our English Heritage by Greg Booth

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Our Australian Constitution by Greg Booth

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Victorian Parliament

The Vestibule is the main entrance Hall to the Victorian Parliament and was completed in 1879. This parliament was also used from 1901 to 1927 for the Commonwealth Parliament. In the centre of the Vestibule there is a mosaic of the Royal Crest with the words from the Book of Proverbs 11:14 "Where no council is the people fall, but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."




Alfred Deakin a Pioneering Politician

Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second Prime Minister, was also the fifth and the seventh. He was in office three times in the first ten years of Federation.


Often referred to as ‘the constructor’, his work in building soundly on the nation’s constitutional foundations is evident a century later.


Perhaps the finest speaker in the Australian parliament’s first century, Deakin was also Australia's first Attorney General.

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Some Early Governors

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Victorian Governor Charles La Trobe

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Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park, Sydney

Pavilion erected in 1988 which contains the 1901 monument of the Federation of the six states. The picture of the man near tie, right chest & hip. contains the words from 1Corinthians 13: 13 - Faith, Hope & Charity.

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Federation Day 1 January 1901

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Two articles by Prof Nicholas Aroney


1. Faith in Public Office: The Meaning, Persistence and Importance of Oaths and Freedom of Religion
2. Section 116 of the Australian Constitution
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Australia's Christian Foundation and Heritage by Dr Graham McLennan

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