Prime Minister Julia Gillard has issued this statement
to thank faith communities and churches for their role in flood clean-up efforts in Queensland:In recent days I have seen all Australians contribute in their own ways to flood relief in Queensland, from picking up a shovel in a flooded house to passing around the hat in a workplace to organising sporting and cultural events as fundraisers.I want to particularly acknowledge everything that faith communities all over Australia are doing to assist.I have visited a church being used as an evacuation centre and seen the work being done amongst those in evacuation centres by church leaders. Faith-based charities have given crucial help to those in need.Many flood victims I have met are also very grateful for the prayers that people of faith have been making. I know many churches specially dedicated Sunday, 16 January to pray for the flood victims, and that other faith communities will have similar observances in coming days.So as Prime Minister can I offer this simple thank you to Australian faith communities for everything you are doing. No good work is wasted at a time like this.
The Honourable Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister of Australia