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17 October 2013

In this issue:

Shocking scenes as 50 radicals try to disrupt March for the Babies

City Councillor Rosalie Crestani on the political spot about March for the Babies

Lyle Shelton on the political spot about high court challenge to ACT’s gay marriage bill

UnitingCare’s Claerwen Little on the Political Spot about poverty in Australia

Micah Challenge: Who will pay for our aid cuts?

“Know the Times” Breakfast with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

ACL’s Jim Wallace to speak at the COSEK Conference in Melbourne

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

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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Tonight we are holding a testimonial dinner in Canberra for ACL’s former Managing Director Jim Wallace.

Honour is an important Christian concept and as a staff, we felt it was appropriate to honour Jim for his 13 years of unpaid service, dedication and sacrifice in making ACL what it is today.

More than 120 of Jim’s closest friends and supporters will be in attendance and we are blessed to have past and present parliamentarians from both sides of politics in attendance or sending messages via pre-recorded video message.

A number of national and local church leaders will also be there.

After a distinguished 32 year army career which included command of the SAS and the mechanised brigade, Jim ‘retired’ with the rank of Brigadier to take on ACL.

Anyone who knows Jim knows that his second ‘retirement’ – this time from MD of ACL, will be much like his first – retirement in name only.

As we previously announced, Jim continues with us as Deputy Chairman with special responsibility for developing international networks for ACL in this globalised world.

Already his work is bearing fruit.

In addition, he is in demand as a speaker at churches and continues to travel extensively throughout the nation speaking on behalf of ACL.

As a staff, we are blessed to have him as a mentor and example of faithfulness to a cause which we all believe is close to the heart of Christ.

God bless,

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

 

Shocking scenes as 50 radicals try to disrupt March for the Babies

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern at the anger and vitriol directed at pro-life supporters during last weekend’s annual March for the Babies in Melbourne. More than 3,000 people participating in the peaceful march were confronted by around 50 radicals who yelled and screamed abuse.

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City Councillor Rosalie Crestani on the political spot about March for the Babies

Rosalie Crestani is a City of Casey (Victoria) Councillor. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she discusses the annual March for the Babies event which happened on the weekend in Melbourne to remember and peacefully witness to the right to life.

Read more plus audio interview 

Lyle Shelton on the political spot about high court challenge to ACT’s gay marriage bill

Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the federal government’s intention to challenge the ACT government’s Marriage Equality Bill in the high court.

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UnitingCare’s Claerwen Little on the Political Spot about poverty in Australia

Claerwen Little is the Director of UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families (UCCYPF). In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she discusses findings from a commissioned report entitled Poverty, Social Exclusion and Disadvantage in Australia which was released to coincide with anti-poverty week.

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Micah Challenge: Who will pay for our aid cuts?

Micah Challenge has launched a campaign urging the government to reverse its planned $656 million cut to foreign aid.  We encourage you to join with them in calling on MPs and the Prime Minister not to cut aid.

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“Know the Times” Breakfast with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

Whether you are in business, government, education or ministry it is essential that you know the market you are working in, so you can ensure you are providing the right product or service, enabling you to maintain ongoing profitability and engagement with the community.

One of Australia’s foremost social researchers, demographers and media go-to person is Mark McCrindle. Please join us at an upcoming breakfast – “Know the Times” – where Mark will be sharing the very latest Australian trends, vitally important for business, education, government and ministry to be able to seize the opportunities coming in 2014.

The breakfast will be held on Friday 8th November at Parliamentary Annex, Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane. Registrations essential.

Follow this link for more information and to register.

ACL’s Jim Wallace to speak at the COSEK Conference in Melbourne

ACL’s Jim Wallace will be speaking at the COSEK Conference in Melbourne alongside Family First Senator-Elect Bob Day and marketplace Church planter Sean Morris. The conference is designed to help inspire and network Christian leaders to transform our nation for Christ. It’s on Saturday the 2nd November from 9-5pm at 488 Swanston st, Carlton VIC and the cost is $95. More information can be found here.

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 the new Bonds advertisement and outdoor advertising, disruption at the March for the Babies in Melbourne, and a same-sex marriage motion in Tasmania.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

31 October – Public talk, Q & A: Would we be better off without Christianity?, Hobart

2 November – Cosek Conference, Melbourne

8 November – Breakfast, “Know the Times” with Mark McCrindle, Brisbane

13 November – Breakfast: Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart