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God in the Australian Constitution

A petition to the Australasian Federal Convention

The preamble of the Australian Constitution, proclaimed in 1900, recognizes the existence of God.

Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established
Commonwealth Of Australia Constitution Act

One of the many submissions made to the late 1890s Australasian Federal Convention that formulated the Constitution was from the West Australian Christian Endeavour Union, who suggested that God be recognised more prominently in the Constitution. Their petition read:

Members pray that you will insert a clause in the Federal Bill, recognising Almighty God as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
Petition No. 9 | National Archves of Australia

In these increasingly politically correct times, I wonder how such a statement about God would be received today if it had made it into the Australian Constitution.