The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today congratulated Ms Julia Gillard on becoming Australia’s first female Prime Minister.

“We congratulate Julia Gillard on this historic occasion,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.

“However, we also want to thank Kevin Rudd for the commitment and energy he brought to issues such as homelessness, poverty, reconciliation and the importance of marriage in particular.

“Our immediate concern and prayers are for Mr Rudd, and we hope that at what must be a difficult time he can take strength in the God in whom we know he relies.”

The ACL said that it would be expecting to see Labor under Ms Gillard confirm its concern for the poor and the disadvantaged, as well as the values in society that proved attractive to many Christians throughout Australia under Mr Rudd.