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Australian Christian Lobby


13 February 2014

A church service was held this week to mark the beginning of the parliamentary year which was attended by ACL staff. ACL’s Katherine Spackman has produced a 10 minute radio package on the event.

Today the Senate rejected a Greens’ push to dump the Lord’s Prayer from parliament. ACL believes the Lord’s Prayer  recognises Australia’s cultural heritage. See our Media Release

Earlier this week we asked your thoughts on the National Curriculum through a survey. We’ve been overwhelmed by your response.

Christian Schools Australia talks about the National Curriculum on the ACL’s radio program this week as well.

In his regular weekly blog, ACL’s Lyle Shelton talks about tolerance in the context of the debate around redefining marriage. American Pastor Rick Warren has said “Tolerance…used to mean we treat each other with mutual respect, even if we have major disagreements.”

To Tasmania, ACL’s Mark Brown is busy organising 5 Meet Your Candidate Forums in the lead up to the state election.

As always there is events you can attend including the upcoming National Day of Prayer and Fasting and Rally for Life in Queensland.

Enjoy reading this week’s ENEWs.

ACL Team

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Tolerance does not mean all views are equally valid

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

Federal parliament resumed this week and one of the key issues on the agenda of the Greens political party is yet another bill to redefine marriage. Last December the High Court struck down the ACT’s same-sex marriage law and effectively cut off the legal pathway for states and territories to legislate for this.

Read more


Christian Schools Australia chats about National Curriculum Review

In January, Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced that Professor Ken Wiltshire and Dr Kevin Donnelly would lead a review of the National Curriculum. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Stephen O’Doherty from Christian Schools Australia discusses the curriculum review.

Read more plus audio interview


Church service to mark the Commencement of the Parliamentary Year

A church service has been held to mark the commencement of the 2014 Parliamentary Year. ACL’s Katherine Spackman went along to the church service in Canberra which was attended by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten. She has produced a 10 minute radio package of the service.

Read more plus audio


Senate rejects Greens’ push to dump Lord’s Prayer from federal parliament


Thursday, 13th February 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Senate’s decision to reject the Greens’ push to dump the Lord’s Prayer from parliament.

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the motion by Senator Richard Di Natale was rejected in the Senate today.

Read More


Breeders: A subclass of women?

The Centre for Bioethics and Culture has produced a film called Breeder: A subclass of women? which explores the issue of surrogacy and the implications it has on women, children, and families. They talk to surrogates, physicians, psychologists, and activists across the political and ideological spectrum to find out more about this complex and sensitive issue.

Read more and watch trailer


Tas election: meet your candidate forums

In the lead up to the 2014 Tasmanian election, the ACL will be running Meet Your Candidate Forums in each electorate to give you the opportunity to meet and question the people who are seeking your vote.

Read more


New archbishop challenges church to engage

Tasmania’s new Catholic archbishop Julian Porteous, who began his role September, has in a recent blog sent a strong message about the need for Christian engagement in the public square. He points out three foundations of society currently under great threat – the sacredness of life, the true nature of marriage and family, and religious freedom.

Read more


Support Back Our Chappies Bus Tour

If you’re in Queensland, we encourage you to show your support for the national school chaplaincy program by getting involved in the ‘Back Our Chappies’ bus tour, which will be travelling to more than 20 communities across the state. The tour will commence on the 10th of March and run for three weeks.

Read more


Queensland Rally for Life, Saturday 22nd February

Join in this year’s Rally for Life in Queensland and hear ACL’s Wendy Francis speak on her personal experience of the blessings for all who choose life.The purpose of the rally is to send a strong message to the Queensland government that abortion should not be legalised in the state.

Read more


National Day of Prayer and Fasting, Sunday 2nd March

This year’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting (NDOPF) will be on Sunday 2nd March 2014 in Canberra and around Australia. The prayer service in Canberra will take place at in the Great Hall of Parliament House from 10am – 4pm.

Read more


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

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton commented on two state political issues this week including G-rated billboards and other outdoor advertising in Queensland, and on a controversial one-man performance planned for Adelaide’s Fringe Festival, called “Heckle the Christ” in this week’s Politics InFocus.

Click here for more media commentary


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

21 February – Breakfast, FUNdamentals of Kingdom Business, QLD

22 February – Rally For Life, QLD

25 February – Breakfast, Strong Economy, Strong Communities, TAS

26 February – 6 March – Meet Your Candidate Forums across Tasmanian electorates, TAS


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