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The nation's most powerful politicians sought to connect with a crowd featuring an oversupply of that all-important political player, the aspirational voter.
They were all there - NSW Premier Bob Carr and federal ministers Alexander Downer, Kevin Andrews and Peter Dutton, as well as NSW Christian Democrats MP Fred Nile, Liberal MP David Clarke and other state parliamentarians.
But the 20,000-strong crowd of evangelical Christians reserved their most enthusiastic applause for Treasurer Peter Costello, who received an almighty welcome - just as he did last year in what he described as his most famous speech.
Mr Costello urged members of the gathering to find strength in their beliefs, noting the massive growth of the Hillsong Church.
Mr Carr told the crowd he enjoyed Hillsong's style of "spontaneous" worship and described it as very Australian as large screens projected his image to those at the back of the Superdome.
"This week you've turned Sydney Superdome into a cathedral," Mr Carr said.
"And you're affirming the centrality of Christianity in the life of this nation, still the faith of most Australians."
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Things will only get worse, I'm afraid, because they have beaten us with the government-controlled public education. Because most people have no idea how things ought to be, it'd be a miracle for us to get back right.
I hope the Aussies don't follow suit!