Our Father who art in town hall: do local councils have power to pray?

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Many local councils in Australia commence their meetings with prayer. Case law in the United Kingdom holds that English local councils do not have power to commence their meetings with prayer. This article argues that the reasoning of the UK case law applies with equal force in Australia with the result that the practice of many Australian local councils of incorporating prayers into their formal meetings is unlawful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Administrative law
  • human rights
  • local government
  • religion and government

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