John WarhurstProfessor John Warhurst spoke to SPC on 4 August 2010 about religion and politics in Australian federal elections, including church lobbying, relations with parties and governments, and the role of the faith of political leaders.

John Warhurst was born in Adelaide and studied politics and economics at Flinders University in South Australia. He has taught political science in various universities for more than 30 years and is now Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He is a former president of the Australasian Political Studies Association and now writes a weekly column for The Canberra Times.

Professor Warhurst stressed the importance of collaboration between church groups in order more effectively to engage in politics. He also warned the audience that this is a very difficult undertaking due to the different priorities each church group may have.

While the lecture was not dedicated to the 2010 Australian Federal elections, Professor Warhurst did comment that many progressive Christians feel they are “between a rock and a hard place” as neither major party is adequately addressing their demands.

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