A majority of Lismore City councillors last night voted to do away with a prayer at the start of council meetings, and to lobby the Federal Government to change the date of Australia Day.
But already Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a recission motion to ensure that the payer decision will again go before the council next month, when mayor Isaac Smith, who is a Christian, is back at the helm.
Cr Elly Bird’s motion to do away with the prayer resulted in a 6-4 vote, with Crs Greg Bennett, Gianpiero Battista, Nancy Casson, and Neil Marks voting against.
Elly Bird, Darlene Cook, Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd and Bill Moorhouse supported doing away with the prayer.
The motion from Cr Ekins to lobby the Federal Government to change the date of Australia Day passed 7-3, with Crs Greg Bennett, Nancy Casson, and Gianpiero Battista voting against.