The Hon Joe Hockey, Shadow Treasurer and Member for North Sydney, addressed The Sydney Institute on Monday 9 November 2009. Departing from his portfolio responsibilities, Joe Hockey spoke on religion in Australia and the decline in religious belief. Mr Hockey argued that, as a society, we must not allow our “secularity to be a reason for ignoring those who are truly inspirational just because they are people of faith”. He added, “A believer and a non-believer can learn from those who have trodden this earth inspired by their religion and dedicated to their fellow men and women.”

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