James, Jonathan D.: As Australia becomes less religious, our parliament becomes more so

Jonathan D. James

As Australia becomes less religious, our parliament becomes more so‘, The Conversation, 21 August 2017

An interesting examination as the marriage equality issue bubbles.

Even though the 2016 Census revealed that more than 30% of the Australian population identify as having “no religion” – a label that overtook the Catholic faith figure – Christianity’s effect on Australian politics is far from waning.

Surprisingly, Christians currently number more than 40% of the Coalition government and about 30% of the Labor opposition. This is high for a nation labelled “secular”.

Looks at the history and at four ways in which religious influence comes to be felt in politics and government.

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