Australian Christian Lobby




13 November 2014



Last week’s US midterm elections have proven to be incredibly important for the future of marriage.

In this blog, Lyle explains the significane of the US election results.

We’ve been seeing some great crowds at our Victorian state election candidate forums.

These forums are so important as we try to convince Labor to change their policy on school freedom.

To find out more read Dan’s blog here.

Last night Lyle was fortunate enough to attend Anthony Fisher’s instalation as Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

We were very grateful to have the Archbishop speak at our National Conference last month.  You can read his speech here.

Thanks very much for your terrific support.

God bless

The ACL Team





What the US midterm elections mean for marriage

It is so important we do not get sucked into the rhetoric of inevitability that surrounds the debate about changing the definition of marriage.

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Labor’s Shadow Education Minister questioned on school freedom

Candidates James Merlino MP (ALP), Mark Verschuur (Liberal), Mike Clarke (The Greens) and Jennifer McAdam (Animal Justice Party) made a strong connection with the Christian constituents in Monbulk on Tuesday 11 November.

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Faith and community in Christian schools

Catriona Wansbrough is the principal of St Andrew’s Christian College in Melbourne. In this interview, she talks about the importance of Christian community and the centrality of faith in a Christian school like St Andrew’s. She discusses why this is threatened by the Victorian Labor Party’s plan to amend the Equal Opportunity Act.

Listen to the interview

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Developing leaders in public policy

If you are a postgraduate Christian and considering a career in public policy, law, media or politics, then the Lachlan Macquarie Internship will provide you the intellectual foundation, essential networks, and formative vision required to effectively engage faith and culture.

The course is a 3-month intensive, living in academic community with a range of top lecturers and dinners with prominent Australians.  Scholarships are provided for all successful applicants, and positions are now open for the Autumn 2015 intake.

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Canada adopts Nordic approach to prostitution

Canada is the latest country to adopt the “Nordic approach” to prostitution laws, introduced in Sweden in 1999. This approach targets the demand driving the prostitution industry without criminalising prostituted women by outlawing the purchase of sex but not the sale.

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Beloved Christian ethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini dies

It was with great sadness that ACL learned of the passing of the renowned ethicist and friend of ACL Nicholas Tonti-Filippini last Friday, November 7.

Professor Tonti-Filippini was the Associate Dean and Head of Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne.

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Applications open for ACL’s 2015 Gap Week

Gap week is for Christian young people with an interest in politics, cultural engagement or public life.

If you are considering the Lachlan Macquarie Internship, or a future in politics, policy, media, law,or a similar field, then Gap Week is a perfect opportunity for you.

The program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, networks, character and foundations needed to bring Christ into these fields and make a lasting impact. It involves instruction from top thinkers and leaders, and community with like-minded believers.

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ADF Senior Counsel on Christianity in the West

ACL’s annual National Conference was held in Canberra on October 24-25. One of the speakers was Roger Kiska, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom in Europe.

Listen to the interview


New plan to deregulate prostitution in South Australia

A bill currently before the South Australian Parliament would completely deregulate the prostitution industry. This is the fourth attempt in South Australia in recent years.

ACL’s spokesperson on the dignity of women Wendy Francis is in Adelaide to help defeat the bill. In this interview Wendy talks about the dangers of deregulating prostitution and offers a better alternative.

Listen to the interview

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

14-16 November – Conference, Caring for the garden in a fallen world, NSW

16 November – G20 Church service with Hon John Anderson, Qld