Howard and Rudd via webcast15 August, 2007
|By Allison Orr|
In an Australian first, the Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd participated in a webcast with more than 700 Christian churches of all denominations and thousands of churchgoers across Australia. The webcast, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, was watched by as many as 100,000 people.
Each of the leaders spoke for 20 minutes and then answered questions from the Christian leaders assembled at the National Press Club in Canberra. The set-up did not allow for questions to be asked by those participating around the country, only by the church leaders.
All Christian denominations, as well as Christian schools, were encouraged to take part in the webcast, and a website was set up to provide registration and technical information on participation. Only Christian churches and organisations could register; individuals and non-Christian organisations were not included.
The Prime Minister also used this opportunity to announce the NetAlert initiative.