Nativity scene in foyer of State Parliament House

A Christmas nativity scene has been set up in the foyer of the NSW Parliament, an an initiative of the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty, which was founded earlier this year to promote and defend religious liberty in public life.

The Ambrose Centre chairman, Rocky Mimmo, said Christmas and the nativity are a solemn reminder to millions of Australians of their core spiritual beliefs, including the Passion and Resurrection.

"The single most recognisable symbol of Christmas is a nativity scene," Mr Mimmo said.

"I am delighted that the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council had consented to the display, as had their counterparts in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia," he said.

Mr Mimmo said the nativity scene in the NSW Parliament was supplied by a Protestant order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary.

The Centre also asked the Lord Mayors of Australia's capital cities to consider displaying nativity scenes in prominent public spaces.

"Now the city is festooned with banners featuring stars and ferns and eucalypt leaves to wish everyone a happy Christmas, without a single references to the real meaning of Christmas, like a traditional crib or mother and child," he said.

Nativity scene in foyer of State Parliament House (Catholic Weekly 16/12/07)

19 Dec 2007