Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rudd thanks God and ACL welcomes Gillard

The Australian Christian Lobby has responded to Julia Gillard becoming Australia’s first female Prime Minister, even as Mr Rudd gives an emotional farewell speech.

'We congratulate Julia Gillard on this historic occasion,' ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.

'However, we also want to thank Kevin Rudd for the commitment and energy he brought to issues such as homelessness, poverty, reconciliation and the importance of marriage in particular.

'Our immediate concern and prayers are for Mr Rudd, and we hope that at what must be a difficult time he can take strength in the God in whom we know he relies.'

Mr Rudd, accompanied by wife Therese, showed great emotion as he reflected on his term as Prime Minister and achievements such as the apology to the Stolen Generations, computers in schools, rural cancer care centres and homelessness support.

He also made a brief 'theolgoical' comments, giving thanks to Creator God - 'him or her'.

The ACL said that it would be expecting to see Labor under Ms Gillard confirm its concern for the poor and the disadvantaged, as well as the values in society that proved attractive to many Christians throughout Australia under Mr Rudd.

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