Pressure groups and the lessons political leaders should learn

By John Warhurst
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:18pm, first published October 29 2014 - 10:23am

Now the national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra, featuring Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as a key note speaker, is over, it is timely to reflect on its broader political lessons. These are more lasting than the initial publicity over the "Hey Hyatt, don't support hate" Facebook campaign that criticised the hotel for hosting ACL on the grounds of its aggressive, and sometimes highly inflammatory, opposition to same-sex marriage.

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