Mike Lowe recently commented:
Matt, I'm intrigued. A few months back the memoirs of the late Kim Beazley Senior were published (Father of the House, Fremantle Press). Since then the book has had a number of major reviews in the Australian Book Review, the Australian Literary Review, Quadrant etc, almost all of which have majored on Kim's Christian faith.
For example, former West Australia Premier, Geoff Gallop writes "In many ways, Father of the House is a personal account of the relationship between politics and religion as seen through the eyes of a believer." And Ross Fitzgerald in the ALR writes: "he made a decision to concern himself daily with the challenge of living out God's will. As he put it 'to turn the searchlight of absolute honesty on my motives. To try to see the world with the clarity of absolute purity. To take absolute love as radar through the fog of international affairs."'
Yet as far as I know the Christian media has ignored this book. What does this say about the concerns of Christian communities in Australia? I know that nowadays politicians who espouse a Christian faith are two-a penny, but during Kim's 32 years in politics this was far from the case. And how many of today's politicians can claim, as Kim does, that while in the interest of party unity he has sometimes voted against his better judgement, he has never voted against his conscience.
I'd be interested in your take on this. If you want access to some of the reviews (or the book itself) let me know.
My take is I had not heard of it till Mike mentioned it.
What about the rest of you Aussie readers?