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Call for reconciliation

22 February 2012

by Muriel Porter, Australia Correspondent

A BISHOP in Melbourne has called on political leaders in Australia to resolve their leadership crisis.

A regional bishop and chairman of the diocese’s social respons­ibilities committee, the Rt Revd Philip Huggins, urged the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to “work through their issues and come to some agreed resolution, for the sake of the nation”.

In the face of consistently poor polling for the Federal Labor Gov­ernment, there is continuing press speculation that supporters of Mr Rudd, who was supplanted by Ms Gillard in June 2010, will soon move to have him reinstated. Mr Rudd is now the Foreign Minister.

“The fact that intelligent, gifted, and hard-working political leaders can make no progress towards their own reconciliation is not helpful leadership,” Bishop Huggins said. “The ancient wisdom, ever true, is that wonderful creative energy is re­leased through reconciled relation­ships.

“By contrast, unreconciled rela­tionships leave an edge, a distance between people, lost opportunities for work together.”

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