Kevin Rudd, leader of the Australian Labor Party has secured victory in the Australia Federal Election. A swing of 5.6% against the sitting government of John Howard resulted in a clear mandate from the country for a change in government. It appears 24 of the 150 seats in the lower-house of parliament have changed hands, although some races are still very close. John Howard's own seat, Bennelong, which he has held since 1974, is likely to be one of the casualties for the Liberal / National coalition.
The Coalition has also likely lost it's majority in the 76-seat senate, with a preliminary result of 37 seats for the Coalition, and 32 for Labor, with the Greens, Family first and independents holding the balance of power.
Let us pray for the Prime Minister-elect, and for all newly-elected or re-elected Members of Parliament, and newly-elected or re-elected Senators, that they accept with humility the authority which has been given them, and govern with justice and mercy, according to Micah 6:8.
Let us pray also for outgoing-PM John Howard, and the other defeated candidates, that they accept the result of the election with grace and that they continue to find joy in their daily vocations, even where they now may face significant change.
Let us pray for all who live in Australia - even the non-voting non-citizens like me who can only be (very) interested observers, rather than participants, in the electoral process. God grant us the humility to respect, obey, love and serve those whom he has placed in authority over us.
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