CANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ The speaker of Australia's Parliament has called for a public debate about whether the country's lawmakers should end the practice of opening each session with the Lord's Prayer. Lawmakers have started every day of Parliament with the Christian prayer for more than a century. But some are now questioning whether a prayer adopted by the first Australian Parliament in 1901 remains relevant in an increasingly secular and religiously diverse nation.
More than 65 percent of Australians still identify as Christians, and there are no Muslims or Aborigines among Australia's 226 federal lawmakers. Only two lawmakers are Jewish. Dumping the prayer is unlikely to happen any time soon, though, as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull said Sunday said they want to keep the prayer.