Which councillor swore on what: Religion and our new councillors
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 17:46, Monday 12 November 2012
ONLY one Baw Baw Shire councillor chose to take the Affirmation of Office at last month’s swearing in, with eight choosing to take the Oath of Office.
Please note: This article is not meant as a criticism of any councillor. It is an investigation of how sections of the community are reflected in the new council.
The Oath of Office requires incoming councillors to swear “by Almighty God” that they will undertake their duties, with the Affirmation providing a secular equivalent.
New Councillor Gerard Murphy was the only councillor to take the affirmation, with Councillors Gauci, Power, Jones, Williamson, Cook, Harrington, Balfour and Brown swearing by the bible.
2011 Census data shows 27 per cent of Baw Baw’s population consider themselves to be of “no religion”, with a further 9 per cent not giving a religious affiliation.
Sixty-two per cent of the population identified as Christian.
Each councillor represents 11 per cent of the council.
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