I started a comment to an English person's blog post, stating that Australia is a secular country and England is not, because HRH is their boss and she swears allegiance to the Church of England. I couldn't make the comment because I recalled that our parliamentarians take an oath on the bible when they are sworn in.
That it is standard that our politicians by default swear allegiance to the christian religion troubles me greatly. There are alternatives, but they have to be chosen. We are told we live in a secular country, so why is swearing on the christian bible a default position?
Christianity may be white person's history in Australia but it certainly isn't our first people's history. Now with so many Australians having different religions and many long many generation Australians having no religion at all, surely it must be time to change this anachronism. My vocabulary is limited and I can't think of the right word, but isn't this isolating to a prospective politician who is not a christian? Don't ever think that because we aren't like America where christian churches have huge power that it couldn't happen here, or that our politics are not already influenced strongly by the christian churches.