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March 2014 News

Coup culture is bad for our nation

  • Written by  Comment: Lyle Shelton
Tony Abbott attending a church service before last month’s leadership spill.

Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, on the current instability of Australian politics.

As I write, Canberra press gallery speculation about Tony Abbott’s future as Prime Minister is at fever pitch.

The Parliamentary year began on February 9 with an ecumenical church service at Canberra’s Kingston Baptist attended by Mr Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and many Senators and MPs from both sides of politics.

Church was at 7:30am with Mr Abbott then rushing away for a party room meeting at 9am where a spill motion against his leadership was played out.

Mr Abbott survived what he described as a “near death” experience 61 votes to 39 but mistakes continue as does the undermining of his leadership.

The homily at church was by Salvation Army Major Kelvin Alley who preached about the life of David and finding strength in the Lord. Prepared weeks beforehand, Major Alley’s word could not have been more apt.

No leader is perfect and all have their foibles. It would seem also that Mr Abbott has contributed to his woes through some mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.

What is worrying is what the BBC described in 2013 a ‘coup culture’ in Australian politics.

It is unfathomable that after the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years and numerous recent coups against sitting premiers in state politics, that the federal Liberal party is heading down the same destructive path.

Unfortunately pride and arrogance are dominant in our political culture. Leaders exhibit them as do their subordinates. Stable government is almost impossible when these toxic characteristics dominate.

It is self-evident that the instability generated by this coup culture is bad for our nation.

Now more than ever we need to pray for our nation and for principled public (and Godly) leaders to be raised up.

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