While the
media has been full of Liberal leadership speculation, there’s also
been some interesting positioning on the opposition benches. Family
First Senator Steve Fielding takes his seat on 1 July, and a number of
Labor wannabes want to get God on their side.

Self-described “Christian socialist” Kevin Rudd appeared on the ABC’s religious affairs program Compasslast
night, talking up his credentials with Geraldine Doogue. And we’ve seen
the single and childless Julia Gillard at the National Press Club doing
a tag team with Virginia Haussegger on family issues. The former Slater
and Gordon lawyer also turned up on Compass, as did Labor’s Faith, Politics and Values working group, which is trying to court Family First.

Are
things really so bleak for Labor that its next generation of leaders
think their only chance of reclaiming government is through divine
intervention?

Peter Fray

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