In previous blogs, I explored the topics of culture and education, but it is important to also to consider religion in Australia. The statistics seem to fluctuate widely depending on the source of information. One source reported that 94% of the population were Christians, but according to Wikki, “In the 2011 Census, 61.14% of the Australian population were recorded as adhering to Christianity. Historically the percentage has been far higher and the religious landscape of Australia is diversifying, along with multicultural immigration and 22.3% of people with no religious affiliation. 22.3% of Australians declared “no-religion” on the 2011 Census, and a further 8.55% did not answer the question. The remaining population is a diverse group which includes Buddhist (2.46%), Islamic (2.21%), Hindu (1.28%) and Jewish (0.45%) communities.”
The Catholic religion is predominate Christian denomination, followed by Anglican and then the Uniting Church of Australia.
Religious organizations have played a significant role in public life and Australia has a strong tradition of secular government.