Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Vol 22, No 3 (2009)

Exploring Religion and Politics: Introduction

Marion Maddox
Issued Date: 29 Jan 2010


During the decade of conservative government under Prime Minister John Howard, religion acquired a political importance long absent from Australian public life. Those who looked to the election of a Labor government to change the situation might have been disappointed: incoming Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who had launched his bid for the Labor leadership by writing a widely discussed pair of articles about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, spoke regularly about his faith. His government’s first formal act in the new Parliament was a quasi-liturgical national apology to the Stolen Generation of Indigenous children taken from their families.

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DOI: 10.1558/arsr.v22i3.322


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