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NSW political leaders court Christian vote

#1045 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 8 Mar 2015

With three weeks to go before the NSW election, leaders of both major political parties addressed a gathering of Christians at Annandale on Tuesday.

Premier Mike Baird said his religious faith informed his conviction that political leadership demanded ensuring “you have a strong economy so you can provide infrastructure but also more importantly look after the vulnerable.”

He said the political ‘left’ had “a great sense of social justice, but it is also found on the conservative side.”

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said “the Christian voice in the public square is based on a concern for the common good” stemming from the ‘golden rule’ of treating others as you would have them treat you.

He said universal ethics asserted there was “a search for a virtuous life and … a desire to do good and avoid evil.”

Both leaders will be hoping voters “do good and avoid evil” when they cast their votes on March 28.

I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches

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