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The Christian Influence Within the National Parliament

Jonathan James argues in The Conversation (August 21) that whilst Australia becomes increasingly secular our Parliament is still strongly influenced by ‘Christian’ politicians. He says, “politicians are influencing the nation in particularly interesting ways … Arguably, the large proportion of Christians in the main parties enables Christian politicians to negotiate their religious values in four main ways:

  1. A strong parliamentary Christian fellowship
  2. Faith-based delivery of social and community services
  3. Selective faith keeping
  4. Invoking the conscience vote on controversial moral issues

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