The head of the Anglican Church in Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has written to new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today, wishing him well and assuring him of the support and prayers of the Church.
Dr Freier, who is the Primate of Australia, said in the letter: “I hope that you know the peace of God in Christ as you fulfil this demanding office”.
Dr Freier says Mr Turnbull is taking the reins at a challenging time in the nation’s history, including such issues as economic growth, climate change, asylum seekers and social justice. But Dr Freier hopes the change in the nation’s leadership will provide an opportunity to restore public confidence, and Australia’s leadership in international affairs.
Anglican churches pray for political leaders, among others, at their services every week.