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Politics, prayer and patriotism on the campaign trail

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17.04.2019

The historic highlight of this federal election campaign may turn out to be the self-imposed agreement by the major parties not to campaign on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day, three days out of the five-and-a-half week campaign between April 11 and May 18.

Effectively, this may mean from Friday until Thursday.

Despite their trepidation that the campaigning may lose momentum during the Easter-Anzac Day week, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have taken this decision on the grounds, it would appear, of respect for the sacred character of the days in question.

Scott Morrison at a Remembrance Day service last year. There is a self-imposed agreement by the major parties not to campaign on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day. Photo: AAP

As one media report explained, it came down to a choice between politics, prayer and patriotism. Yet the arguments for the ban have not been clearly articulated. Perhaps they were just recognising that politics would be an unwelcome intrusion and so made a virtue out of a necessity.

What could be more important than continuing the campaign which will decide the governance of our country for the next three years, paving the way for decisions on many of the major social and economic questions that are at the heart of our democracy?

Perhaps it was an astute balancing act between showing respect for our traditional Christian religious days and the day often described as being at the heart of our civic religion.

To have suspended campaigning over Easter........

© Canberra Times