ACL disappointed parliament set to repeal poker-machine reforms
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment that federal parliament looks set to repeal the Gillard Government’s modest poker-machine reforms. ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said legislation introduced by the Coalition last week to repeal the 2012 legislation looks set to be supported by Labor in the senate.
Pokies, politics and the need for principled public leadership
By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director
The politics of poker machine reform have been playing out in the last two weeks of Parliament before it rises tonight for the Christmas break. A combination of the power of the clubs’ lobby and the addiction of State Governments to gaming revenue make it almost impossible to achieve progress.
The Australian Christian Lobby’s 2013 annual report is now available online to read. The purpose of the report is to provide ACL supporters with a review of the achievements of the organisation over the last year.It includes messages from Chairman Anthony McClellan and Managing Director Lyle Shelton, who both pay tribute to the work of former ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace, who moved to the position of Deputy Chairman this year.
Martin Thomas is the Head of Research and Social policy at Mission Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the recent national youth survey.The survey showed that 1 in 4 young people believe there are insufficient opportunities in their local community for employment and job training after school.
ACL’s Qld director discusses long-term foster care
The 2011 for Kids Sake report, commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby, showed that the number of children in out-of-home care has more than doubled in a decade to 35,000 children. One idea to help ease the pressure on the foster care system is to encourage foster care children to be adopted out.
Registrations still open for ACL’s inaugural Gap Week
It’s not too late to register for ACL’s inaugural Gap Week, being held on the outskirts of Canberra from the 19th-24th January 2014. University-aged Christians seeking to understand and engage in public leadership from a biblical perspective are invited to apply to attend the six-day, live-in course. Only four places are available so be quick!
Hurry! Applications for 2014 autumn intake of Lachlan Macquarie Internship close soon
Interested in a career in politics? The Lachlan Macquarie Internship (LMI) 2014 autumn intake applications are closing soon. LMI is a unique course aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy. Next year’s autumn term will run from the 24th February to 30th May, and applications are due by this Sunday the 15th December. Don’t miss out!