December 14, 2004


New deity dawns for faithful Labor (Matt Price, November 27, 2004, The Australian)

CHRISTIAN Labor MPs are vowing to speak more openly about their faith as they grapple with the rise of Family First and the Coalition's courting of Catholics and fundamental church groups.

The Weekend Australian has learned of a meeting of Labor MPs called to discuss the ramifications of what many regard as the latent but increasing influence of religion on Australian politics.

Dozens of caucus members, including a number of non-believers, packed into the parliamentary office of foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd during the recall of parliament last week.

The audience included frontbenchers Wayne Swan, Martin Ferguson, Simon Crean and Kate Lundy, as well as prominent backbenchers Bob McMullan and Lindsay Tanner.

"I couldn't believe how many people turned up, especially given there were free caucus drinks in the whip's office at the same time," Mr Ferguson, a Catholic, said yesterday.

Even in Oz, the alcoholic vote isn't the future.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2004 3:42 PM

Labor faces the same problem that American Democrats do. If they, in any way, start endorsing 'traditional values,' they will lose their friends among the trendnoids of the chattering classes and they will lose their funding from gays, angry women and entertainment libertines. They will lose their free pass in the media, especially the ABC.

Think about the American example and where the Democrats would have been with Hollywood, gay and 527 cash.

I wouldn't trust an Aussie who turned down free beer, would you?

Posted by: Bart at December 14, 2004 4:33 PM

You know, I'm really starting to wonder whether Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion, had more of an impact than anyone imagined.

Posted by: Randall Voth at December 15, 2004 7:02 AM