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Gotta have faith? Religion was the sleeper issue we didn't see coming

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01.06.2019

The unveiling of the new Coalition cabinet was a soul-destroying spectacle for true believers and for non-believers.

After his “miracle” election win, Scott Morrison’s ministers were beaming in their resurrection. Gone was the weary and depleted crew who had limped to the polls with the smell of death hanging over them.

In the aftermath of Malcolm Turnbull’s knifing, some were predicting a civil war in Australian conservatism to rival the 1955 Labor split. Last Christmas, people were jeering the party of stale, white, angry men.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his new cabinet. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Now Morrison’s cabinet boasts a record-breaking seven female ministers. Bill Shorten thought he’d be appointing Pat Dodson as the first Indigenous minister for Indigenous affairs. The biblical twist of fate saw the Liberals’ Ken Wyatt sworn in, kangaroo skins draped around his shoulders.

I will burn for you,” Morrison promised in his election-eve pitch to undecided voters. At the time the phrase provoked snide asides about his coal evangelism.

The sneerers might be feeling chastened that vulnerable mining communities in north Queensland and the Hunter Valley trusted the Coalition, and not Labor, to protect their livelihoods.

As I didn’t know “burn for you” was a phrase used by Pentecostal Christians to denote strenuous service for Christ, I wondered why Morrison was quoting the lyrics of a 1980s........

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