Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott
Cardinal George Pell last night told a virtual audience of churchgoers
with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott that
the Greens have an "explicitly anti-Christian" agenda.
He told the audience that he is concerned about the likelihood that the Greens will gaining the balance of power in the next
"Their program is explicitly anti-Christian," he said.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott spoke with Christian leaders and churchgoers in a virtual gathering of 500 parishes of all denominations from across the country.
Mr Rudd was forced to defend the progress of the Northern Territory intervention and income quarantining, reports ABC News. Meanwhile Mr Abbott was asked to explain his stance on asylum seekers.
"We can see measurable change," Mr Rudd said, about his policy. "Basic things like retaining, for example, half a person's welfare payments in order to make sure that proper things like food and proper provisions for the family are purchased and not spent on alcohol and not spent on other forms of substance abuse.
He said he remains committed to fighting climate change, but will need a new Senate to get the emissions trading scheme passed into law.
On asylum seekers, Mr Abbott said: "If someone is a refugee, that person has to be given appropriate sanctuary in our country - that's not the same though as giving that person permanent residency."
Christian voters put Rudd, Abbott to the test (ABC)
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