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Political Dynamics in Australia : Religious Politics in a Secular Polity

Religious belief and practice in Australia have fallen sharply since the
1960s. But, since 1996, religious language and themes have become
increasingly prominent in the nation’s political discourse. This trend
is equally evident in the speeches of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, a
self-declared atheist, and the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott,
a devout Catholic. The rising prominence of religion in Australia’s
political culture has less to do with the beliefs and practices of citizens
than it does with religion’s symbolic associations, and the supposed
gaps that they fill in a political space profoundly shaped both by Australia’s involvement in the so-called “War on Terror” and by both
major parties’ enthusiastic embrace of the neo-liberal consensus.

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Référence électonique : Marion MADDOX, "Political Dynamics in Australia : Religious Politics in a Secular Polity ", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°141, 141 - L’Australie, p.51-63 . Consulté le 2020-10-23 10:33:17 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Political-Dynamics-in-Australia.html