Refugees not a focus of election campaigns, but compassion should be ‘bipartisan’ says Bishop Philip Huggins
Refugees have taken a backseat in the Victorian election campaign, but that does not mean the issues facing them are not serious and ongoing, say experts.
Australian Christians have a right to be concerned that the new Prime Minister, on current form, will behave in a way that is out of step with true biblical values, argues Dr George Browning, a former bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
National living treasure and polymath Barry Jones AC describes himself as a “Northern Hemisphere Christian”. “If I go to Europe, almost the first thing I’ll do is make a beeline for a cathedral, particularly if there’s religious music on. I’ve had so many numinous experiences in some of the great European cathedrals that it’s a very special part of fulfilling myself.”
To cast Donald Trump’s supporters as uneducated, ignorant and racist, as much of the mainstream media did throughout his campaign, was wrong and patronising.
Much has been written of Turnbull’s worldly achievements in the law, banking and business, his stormy political career since 2004, and his imposing personal wealth (A$183 million when last disclosed publicly in 2010). But what of his core religious beliefs? As the late Kim Beazley Snr once observed, “in our secular age, biographers rarely give a person’s spiritual life the attention it deserves”.