IT IS time for "consistency" in the way we lead our lives and for leadership at all levels in Australia.
That was the message 700 guests at the sixth annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast in Gympie heard yesterday.
Guest speaker Stuart Robert delivered the powerful message to those gathered at The Pavilion at the Gympie Showgrounds.
Mr Robert is a former Bundaberg boy and now the Federal Member for Fadden, based on the Gold Coast, and Shadow Minister for Defence, Technology, Science and Personnel.
Mr Robert recalled his military career and how he coped as a young officer being in charge of a company of 100 hard-headed paratroopers, who saw their new boss as a "God-botherer".
He said consistency in his actions and words helped him to overcome the perceived bias within the military.
And consistency in private and public life remains his mantra.
Mr Robert spoke of the challenges facing economies around the world and the challenges all Australians would face in the next decade.
Yesterday's prayer breakfast was chaired by Pastor Bill Thorburn, with welcomes by Mayor Ron Dyne and prayers offered by Police Superintendent Chris Sang, Ken Buchanan and Cr Rae Gate.
Gympie State High School principal Murray Wegner, whose students attended the tables, gave the Bible reading.
Student Karen Mayfield sang the national anthem, accompanied by pianist Amanda Young.
Tenor Lachlan Baker and soprano Liza Beamish enthralled with their superb voices.
Barry and Michelle Hardingham led the catering team.