15 May 2014


As you’ll be aware, the federal government handed down its budget this week.

It was disappointing to see that the biggest single short term budget cut was to overseas aid. See our media release on this. 

ACL has long advocated for prositution reform in Australia in an effort to uphold the dignity and safety of women exploited in the practice. 

Our Queensland Director Wendy Francis recently accompanied an Australian delegation to Sweden to investigate their prosititution laws which criminalise the purchase of sex. 

Ms Francis spoke to ACL’s Katherine Spackman this week about the trip. She also participated in other radio interviews about the issue. See our media section for more. 

In his weekly column, Lyle also shares about the inroads made in the last six months, and why now is no time to slow down.

Don’t forget that the National Day of Thanksgiving is coming up on the 31st of May. 

We encourage you to start thinking about how you can use this opportunity to thank people who’ve made a difference in your life and in the life of your family and community. 

ACL Team

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We must be ready for every opportunity to advocate for Christian principles

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

It’s clear that this is no time to rest on our laurels. We must continue to take every opportunity to bring Christian principles into government and public policy discussion.

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Poor and disadvantaged bear brunt of budget cuts

Broken promises in this week’s budget demean the currency of parliamentarians at a time when public confidence in them is needed more than ever, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. 

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Amber Hawkes talks about the launch of International Justice Mission in Australia

International Justice Mission (IJM) has launched in Australia with the aim of mobilising the church in this country to respond to the hidden epidemic of violence perpetrated against the poor. ACL’s Katherine Spackman spoke to chief executive Amber Hawkes about the work of IJM.

Read more plus audio interview


Scripture Union’s Peter James discusses High Court challenge hearing into chaplaincy

Peter James is the CEO of Scripture Union Queensland. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the hearings held in Canberra from the 6th to the 8th of May into the school chaplaincy program.

Read more plus audio interview


Wendy Francis discusses Swedish prostitution reform laws on radio

Wendy Francis is the Queensland director of the Australian Christian Lobby. She recently travelled to Sweden to investigate the country prostitution laws which criminalise the purchase of sex, targeting the buyer. She chatted about what she learned in this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman.

Read more plus audio interview


National Day of Thanksgiving – Saturday 31st May

This year’s National Day of Thanksgiving will be on Saturday 31st May. This is a chance for Australians to come together to celebrate our God-given heritage, and to demonstrate the Christian values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards others.

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Monthly newsletter – May 2014

The ACL’s monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton, is out now. This month’s newsletter includes stories on Australia’s foreign aid budget, religious freedom, and regulating outdoor advertising.

Read the May newsletter


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

In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as prostitution reform, outdoor advertising, and foreign aid spending.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

18 May – Church Together 2014, TAS

26 May – ACL’s Qld Conference, For Kids Sake, QLD

29 – 31 May – Conference, Queensland Christian Women, QLD

29 – 31 May – Innovate Conference, VIC

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

31 May – A Conversation with Senator Cory Bernardi, QLD

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


What you told us…

Thanks to those who’ve been responding to our weekly ENews. 

Last week, we reported on the Commission of Audit’s report recommendation to the Coalition to break it’s election promise on school chaplaincy. Here’s a supporter response to the issue:

The school chaplaincy programme does invaluable work for young people and should be retained. June Laws, QLD

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