This two-part series examines the religious beliefs of Australia’s Prime Ministers from Federation to now.
For the first time on television, Compass investigates the religious backgrounds of Australia’s Prime Ministers from Edmund Barton to Tony Abbott, revealing in detail how their beliefs shaped their personal and political lives.
Part 1 (1901 – 1966), which was aired last night, tells how our first Prime Minister’s meeting with the Pope outraged Australia’s majority Protestant population back home, how Billy Hughes fanned the flames of religious sectarianism in WW1’s conscription debates and reveals the fallout for Ben Chifley when he married outside the Catholic Church.
Compass: Sunday 4 May 6:30pm on ABC 1.
This program has been broadcast but can be seen on ABC iview, by going to the website.