Bishops head to witness Howard-Rudd clash

Bishops' conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson says that the forthcoming public debate, which he will attend, between Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Kevin Rudd will be a great opportunity for them to hear the public policy concerns of Australia's Christians.

"The latest Census figures continued to show that most Australians identify themselves as Christian and so it is encouraging to see our political leaders engaging with our concerns in this new and innovative way," Archbishop Wilson said in a statement.

Mr Howard and Labor leader Rudd will speak live to the nation's Christians via webcast from the National Press Club, Canberra on Thursday from 7pm.

The event, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, will be webcast to any interested church groups who register for the event.

It is the first time that the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader have addressed Australian Christian communities directly in this way.

Also attending the Canberra event will be the bishops conference's General-Secretary, Fr Brian Lucas, and ACBC Research Director, Mr Peter McCardle.

Archbishop Wilson to attend political leaders' event (ACBC Media Release, 2/8/07)

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3 Aug 2007