Cath News report: Jesuit-educated parliamentarians recorded increased voter across the country at last weekend's federal election.
Jesuit-educated alumni in the current parliament include:
Opposition leader Tony Abbott, who recorded a 4.57 per cent swing to him;
Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey, 8.57 per cent;
Education spokesman Christopher Pyne, 2.55 per cent against the trend in South Australia;
Rural spokesman Barnaby Joyce, who rose from third on the Queensland senate ticket to second and;
On the Labor side of the chamber, parliamentary secretary for disabilities Bill Shorten, who recorded a 2.44 per cent swing in his favour.
The only exception to the rule was Victorian Senator Julian McGauran, who failed to hold the third senate seat in that state - losing his seat to the Catholic-aligned Democratic Labor Party.
The Catholic order's place in Australian politics should not be overlooked. During the three-way Liberal leadership contest between Malcolm Turnbull, Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott, all three men consulted with Jesuit priests, said the report.
It also has a long history of producing MPs and Senators, including former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer and former Victoria deputy premier Pat McNamara.