‘Religion in 21st century Australian national politics’, Australia. Senate: Papers on Parliament, 46, December 2006
The religious factor generally means a number of things in politics. One is the political activity of the organised face of religion, the churches and their agencies and lobby groups, and the attitude of governments towards those churches. Another is the relationship between religious affiliation and parliamentary representation. A third is the relationship between individual religious belief and the actions and voting behaviour of citizens. This lecture, largely about Christianity, discusses all these things and more, and tries to convey the overall flavour of religion and politics early in the twenty-first century. It reveals the wide range of intersections between religion and politics.
More than ten years later, compare this piece by Gary Bouma in The Conversation (185 comments).