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Faith and federal politics

By Rod Benson

Last Monday I headed to Canberra for the Australian Christian Lobby’s “Make It Count” event, where the then Prime Minister Kevin

 Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott spoke to 200 church leaders, and via webcast to  Christians around the nation, on issues ranging from indigenous welfare, asylum seekers and climate change to marriage, school chaplaincy and the sexualisation of children.

Both leaders confirmed their support for prayer at the opening of parliament, and for maintaining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  Mr Rudd outlined his government’s actions on climate change and refugees, while Mr Abbott spoke passionately about getting to know Aboriginal people, and declared the current media classification system as “broken.”

It is neither unusual nor inappropriate for Christians, along with others, to seek assurances from Government and Opposition on public issues, working to develop a society that reflects deeply held beliefs about justice and morality. 

Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 June 2010.

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Rod Benson

Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.

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