Meanwhile, PM Gillard is trying to schmooze the christian vote, attending a fundraiser for Blessed Mary McKillop's canonisation ceremonies with Cardinal Pell and promising $1.5m for the cause, and doing an interview for the Australian Christian Lobby website.
If you want to compare policies, the Australian Christian Lobby have launched a very helpful website providing information on things like past conscience votes, party positions on touchstone issues, dates of candidate forums, candidate videos, and points of difference between the parties. Well worth a look.
For those who feel we need go no further than looking at the two leaders personal beliefs however, I would urge you to resist creeping americanism and remember that in Australia, despite all the rhetoric, we elect Parties and individual MPs, not Prime Ministers. The merits of the respective leaders clearly is an important consideration. But I don't think it can be the only one given that it is perfectly possible that firstly, in a genuine Cabinet style government, it is not the leaders views alone that matter, and secondly, an existing leader may be deposed, resign or leave due to illness, and that the Government will not necessarily change. Some links to consider the issue further:
- Archbishop Hickey on the subject;
- the Lateline discussion on this topic earlier in the week;
- debate over at Eureka Street (read for the comments rather than the main article).