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October 2015 News

Abbott will be judged well by history

  • Written by  Comment: Lyle Shelton

COMMENT: Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton reflects on the recent tumultuous  events in Australian politics.   

Tony Abbott was not a perfect Prime Minister, but like Kevin Rudd before him did not deserve to be cut down in his first term.

It is better if the people judge the nation’s leader at a general election rather than having politicians turn the prime ministership into a game of thrones.

Five prime ministers in five years is something of an embarrassment to us as a nation. It looks like we can’t govern ourselves.

Despite this, the reality is that Malcom Turnbull is now our prime minister and as Christians we are told to pray for our leaders.

This implies respect and that is fitting.

Mr Turnbull wasted no time in re-shaping his Cabinet with five ministers stood down including Toowoomba’s Ian Macfarlane, who had served with distinction at the highest levels since the Howard era.

Despite being a supporter of changing the definition of marriage, Mr Turnbull moved quickly to heal wounds in his party. He said he would stick by the party’s decision to hold a people’s vote after the next election.

Despite his inglorious end, Tony Abbott’s prime ministership will be judged well by history.

He stopped people smuggling which in turn stopped the routine drownings at sea. In one of his last acts as Prime Minister, he announced that 12,000 Syrian refugees would be re-settled in Australia as a special one-off commitment on top of our existing humanitarian program.

On a per capita basis, this was one of the world’s most generous responses to the Syrian crisis.

His free trade deals with China, Korea and Japan will create jobs.

Gracious in defeat, Mr Abbott finished his last media conference as PM quoting Psalm 116.

“What shall I render to the Lord?” Mr Abbott said he had rendered all as he invoked God’s blessing on our nation.

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