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Australian Christian Lobby

16 January 2014

Welcome to the first ENEWs of the New Year.

After a well-earned break, the ACL team in Canberra and state offices returned to work this week.

We’ve hit the ground running with a Greens-inspired push to remove prayer from Parliament and a Tasmanian election announced today for March 15.

Tasmanian director Mark Brown is already working on candidate forums and voter information which we will roll out in the course of the campaign.

Federal Parliament resumes on February 11 and we expect the Greens to again be pushing for same-sex marriage legislation.

Please be standing by to support what we think is a winnable campaign. After the High Court win against the ACT in December, another defeat in the federal parliament could put this issue off the agenda for a very long time. But we’ll need all hands on deck.

The controversy over Senator Cory Bernardi’s new book, The Conservative Revolution, has prompted me to weigh in on in today’s ENEWs. The Senator has bravely spoken out on issues which are so often supressed. But these must become natural to discuss and debate without seeking to de-legitimise those who raise them.

On matters internal, anyone phoning the national office will hear a different voice. This week we welcome Katie Albanis to the team who will take up front desk responsibilities.

Thanks to everyone who generously donated to our Kick Start Appeal. We continue to be blessed by your support and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2014.

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

Senator Bernardi’s book a plea to speak up

By Lyle Shelton

I have just finished reading Senator Cory Bernardi’s book, The Conservative Revolution, which was published before Christmas.

It certainly didn’t live up to the hysteria that accompanied some media outlets discovery of it last week.

Tirade, lacking genuine Christianity and offensive were just some of the descriptors.

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Lord’s Prayer should remain a part of opening parliament

The Australian Christian Lobby believes the support of mainstream politics for the Lords’ Prayer in Parliament means the latest Greens’ push to remove it will fail. ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Labor and the Coalition have consistently told ACL, through its election questionnaires over the past three federal elections, that they support parliament opening with prayer and will not change this.

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ACL looks to post-Greens future for Tasmania

Labor’s broken election promise on governing with the Greens has been disastrous for Tasmania and voters now had the opportunity to create a post-Greens future for the state, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown has welcomed the announcement today that Labor would split from its power-sharing alliance with the Greens.

A state election has been set for the 15th of March.

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Applications still open for Lachlan Macquarie Internship autumn intake

Interested in a career in politics or public policy? The Lachlan Macquarie Internship is still taking applications for its 2014 autumn intake which begins on the 24th February. LMI is a unique three-month course aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy. The live-in program is held on the outskirts of Canberra. Please contact the LMI team by following the link below.

Click here for information and to apply


 

ACL’s 2013 annual report

ACL’s 2013 annual report has been released. Follow the link below to read a review of ACL’s achievements last year. 

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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 opening parliament with the Lord’s prayer.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

11 January – 9 February – Pro-life walk, Crossroads, various states

19 – 24 January – ACL Gap Week, ACT 

11 – 13 February – LMI short course for pastors, ACT


 

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