Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath has slammed the Greens-backed push to remove any reference to God and the Lord’s Prayer from the proceedings of the Senate.

Green’s Senator Lee Rhiannon’s motion to remove references to God and the Lord’s Prayer from the Senate has been referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry.

Senator McGrath was adamant that the tradition of opening the Senate each day with the Lord Prayer continue.

“The Greens are trying to erase God and the Lord’s Prayer from the Senate,” Senator McGrath said.

“I strongly oppose this change as the parliamentary prayer has been integral to the traditions of the Senate for over 117 years.

“The parliamentary prayer draws from the Judeo-Christian foundations of our nation and the values flowing from this heritage that all Senators must uphold as representatives of the people: parliamentary democracy, individual liberty, and equality before the law.

“The Greens want to replace the Lord’s Prayer with some wishy-washy new-age “invitation to prayer or reflection.”

“Shame.”

Details on the inquiry can be found at www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Procedure/Parliamentaryprayer