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12 September 2013

In this issue:

Same-sex marriage not a vote winner

Marriage debate must go to the people (again)

ACL urges Coalition to rethink ISP filtering

Coalition pledge to cut aid deeply disappointing

Gershon Nimbalker from Baptist World Aid on the Political Spot about cuts to overseas aid

Tim Costello on the Political Spot about C20′s role in the G20

Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about election results

SA: Family First MLC gives mother certificate of commemoration for stillborn son

ASB determines sexualised billboard be removed in Qld

In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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Another election is over and we as Christians can be pleased with the part we have played in highlighting the importance of justice and righteousness for our nation’s well-being.

More than 300 churches from around the country took the live webcast and thousands of people have since watched it online.

We’ve also had great feedback from our Australia Votes website which has answers from the political parties to 22 questions we put to them.

The fact that the parties would go to the trouble to provide these answers and that both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott were keen to provide exclusive video messages to us shows that as a constituency our votes are valued by politics.

Here is some feedback about ACL’s election activities we received:

“Mammoth effort by all to keep us informed, enabling a careful summation on which to base our vote. Thanks heaps for all your work!” – Bronwyn

“I just wanted to thank you for all the solid, simple, helpful information that your organisation has been disseminating in the last few weeks and months regarding political issues. I’ve found it beneficial in understanding different political parties’ positions on things, and what is happening in the political sphere.” – Joshua

God bless,

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

Same-sex marriage not a vote winner

The Australian Christian Lobby congratulates the Coalition on its election win and says it demonstrates that despite the incredibly high profile during the campaign of same-sex marriage, it was not a vote winner for Labor.

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Marriage debate must go to the people (again)

A referendum of the Australian people should decide the future of marriage following a report today that Kevin Rudd may introduce a private members’ bill to redefine it in the new Parliament.  

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ACL urges Coalition to rethink ISP filtering

The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Coalition to rethink its opposition to internet filtering, Managing Director Lyle Shelton said. “Initially we were heartened to hear that the Coalition had come to the position that only two months ago British Prime Minister David Cameron had come to – that internet filtering was a necessary government intervention to protect children from exposure to pornography.”

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Coalition pledge to cut aid deeply disappointing

The Coalition’s decision to cut $4.7 billion from overseas aid is deeply disappointing, according to Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton.

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Gershon Nimbalker from Baptist World Aid on the Political Spot about cuts to overseas aid

Gershon Nimbalker is the Advocacy Manager at Baptist World Aid Australia. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the aid cuts the Coalition announced in the lead up to the election.

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Tim Costello on the Political Spot about C20′s role in the G20

Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Australia. Next year Australia will chair the G20 summit in Brisbane, which is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making, with members from 19 countries plus the European Union. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Rev Costello talks about the civil society arm of G20 called C20, which he will chair.

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Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about election results

Lyle Shelton is the MD of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the election outcome.

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SA: Family First MLC gives mother certificate of commemoration for stillborn son

Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire (pictured) has presented a certificate of commemoration to the mother of a stillborn baby after negotiating with the South Australian government to symbolically recognise the loss.

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ASB determines sexualised billboard be removed in Qld

A sexualised billboard will be pulled down in Queensland after a complaint was made to the Advertising Standards Bureau by ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis.

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In the media – a wrap up of the last week’s commentary

In the last week, ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as outdoor advertising, marriage, ISP filtering, and foreign aid.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

17-19 September – Lectures: The Work of Theology: Thinking, writing and acting politically, Sydney

26-29 September – Conference: Ignite, Brisbane

11 October – Abortion Symposium: Ideology and Informed Consent, Melbourne

12 October – March for the Babies, Melbourne

31 October – Public talk, Q & A: Would we be better off without Christianity?, Hobart

13 November – Breakfast: Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart