Hindu Prayer Request Denied by Australia House of Representatives

April 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newstrack/NI Wire


Rajan Zed, the internationally acclaimed Hindu chaplain, has been denied the request of reading opening prayer in the Australia House of Representatives.

In a reply to Zed's request, Bernard Wright, Deputy Clerk of the House, wrote, "...standing orders as they are worded would not allow a chaplain of any faith to say a prayer or similar invocation: this is because they specify that it is the Speaker who reads the prayer, and also because they specify the prayer..."