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Australian Christian Lobby


13 March 2014

Tomorrow is the closing date for submissions into the National Curriculum Review. ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton writes about the review in his regular blog column this week.

If you haven’t done so, it’s not too late to sign the petition we’ve created calling for the curriculum to address Christianity in a way that is fair and balanced.

Our submission to the curriculum review was reported in The Australian earlier this week. (For more media mentions check out the media section below)

This weekend South Australians and Tasmanians head to the polls.

In a media release this week, ACL’s Mark Brown expressed disappointment at the lack of engagement from sitting ALP members at Meet Your Candidate Forums he organised across the state. Nevertheless the forums were well attended by candidates from other parties (see this blog post).

In the radio program this week, ACL’s Katherine Spackman chats to Ros Phillips from Family Voice Australia about the South Australian election.

Also, there’s an interview with NSW legislative council member Fred Nile about a gambling  inquiry he is chairing.

Lastly, we’re encouraging our Victorian supporters to sign a petition to protect doctors’ conscientious objections to abortion.

ACL Team

We should teach history the way it was

By Lyle Shelton

Speaking to voters at an ACL Meet Your Candidates Forum at the Essendon Baptist Church before last September’s election, the now Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said: “We should teach our history the way it was. That in large part is our Judeo Christian history. It helps constitute who we are as a people, it is the basis of our Parliamentary democracy, the Westminster tradition.”

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Tasmanian Christian ALP voters let down by party’s lack of engagement

The Australian Christian Lobby says many Tasmanian Christian Labor voters will be disappointed with the party’s lack of engagement with the constituency during this election. ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said just one sitting Labor MP, Brian Wightman, participated in the five Meet Your Candidate Forums conducted by the lobby.

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ACL Candidate Forums prove popular

Over the past two weeks ACL has run its trademark Meet Your Candidate Forums in each of the five Tasmanian electorates ahead of this Saturday’s state election. There was a good turnout of both candidates and constituents averaging 10 candidates per forum and over 70 in the audience listening and asking questions of those seeking to be elected.

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ACL’s Mark Brown on Tasmanian election

Mark Brown is the Tasmanian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he previews the Tasmanian election on the 15th of March and the work he’s doing in the state to help Christians make an informed vote.

Read more plus audio interview


CDP’s Fred Nile discusses NSW gambling inquiry he is chairing

Fred Nile is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses a gambling inquiry which he is chairing.

Read more plus audio interview


Family Voice Australia’s Ros Phillips on South Australian election

Ros Phillips is the National Research Officer at Family Voice Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about the upcoming South Australian election, which is also on the 15th of March.

Read more plus audio interview


Sign petition to protect doctors conscientious objection to abortion in Vic

ACL is urging Victorian supporters to participate in the current push to protect doctors conscience in the state in light of recent events surrounding Dr Mark Hobart, who drew attention last year after refusing to provide a referral for a couple seeking a sex-selection abortion. Doctors Conscience and other pro-life groups are calling on the Victorian government to reform Section 8 to protect freedom of conscience for all healthcare workers.

We encourage you to show your support for freedom of conscience by signing this petition at change.org


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

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton spoke about the fine balance between racial hate speech and free speech in this week’s Politics InFocus.

Click here for more media commentary


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

10 March – 2 April – Tour, Back Our Chappies, QLD

19 March – Seminar, The Territory of Marriage: Constitutional law, marriage law and family policy in the ACT Same Sex Marriage Case, QLD

22 March – Seminar, Love, Life & Liberty, QLD

22 March – Film screening, Miss Representation, VIC

15 May – Breakfast, 2014 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, QLD

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

21 – 24 June – Conference, Voices For Justice, ACT


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