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Anne Levy
Title : Anne Levy Anne Levy
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Creator : Tilbrook, Kym
Source : Advertiser, 12 February 1986, p. 1
Date of creation : 1986
Format : Newspaper
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When Anne Lewy stood for South Australian Parliament in 1970, she was a senior lecturer in genetics, and a founding member of the Humanist Society of South Australia. In February 1986 she became the first woman, and first Labor member of the Parliament, to be elected to the position of President of the Legislative Council. On her first day in the position, Ms Levy suggested that because she was not a Christian, it might be more appropriate for her colleague Jan Davis, the Acting Clerk of the Council (who was a Christian) to read the daily prayers. She was surprised by the outcry from members who decried the change to a tradition some 60 years old. A motion was moved and passed by the Council, to maintain the current procedure. Anne Levy expressed her, "astonishment that members who are Christian would wish their prayers read by a non believer." (Advertiser, 12 February 1986, p. 1)
Related names :

Davis, Jan

Levy, Anne

Australian Labor Party. South Australian Branch

Humanist Society of South Australia

South Australia. Parliament

Coverage year : 1986
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Further reading :
Almond, PC, and Woolcock, PG (ed.s). Dissent in paradise: religious education controversies in South Australia, Magill, S. Aust.: Murray Park College of Advanced Education, 1978



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