Peter Costello will continue his long association with the extreme Christian group Catch the Fire ministries on Australia Day, when the group holds a "prayer celebration" at Melbourne Town Hall.

Catch the Fire pastor Danny Nalliah met with both John Howard and Peter Costello prior to the last election. Costello, who has met with Nalliah "a number of times" was outspoken in his support for Nalliah when he was unsuccessfully prosecuted for religious vilification following attacks on Muslims, including calling them "demons" and associating them with drug-trafficking, in the group's newsletter.