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Australian Christian Lobby


20 February 2014

In today’s blog column, ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton reflects on the Lord’s Prayer in parliament after last week’s news that a push by the Greens’ to have it removed was defeated.

We’re saddened to hear the news about Belgium’s new euthanasia laws for children. Bioethicist and Palliative Care specialist Dr Megan Best chats about this in an interview below.

There’s also an interview with the new president of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, Louise Markus, MP and Rob Ward from Access Ministries about the history of Special Religious Instruction in Victoria.

Next Tuesday will be our Strong Economy, Strong Communities breakfast in Hobart which has been organised by ACL’s Mark Brown in the lead up to the state election next month.  It will discuss the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong Tasmanian families and communities.

Don’t forget to check out our diary section each week to hear about events in your area. This weekend ACL’s Wendy Francis speaks at a Rally to Life event in Queensland.

This weekend will be the start of another Lachlan Macquarie Internship which goes for 3 months on a property outside Canberra. It’s the sixth intake since the program launched in August 2011.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family of Keith Parker, who was a strong supporter of ACL, who passed away recently.

ACL Team

Why silence is no longer an option

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

The Greens sure are committed. Last week in the Senate they tried and failed to remove the Lord’s Prayer from parliament. Since 1901, the prayer has been recited at the start of each sitting day in the senate and house of representatives by the president and speaker respectively. A group of committed pray-ers is always present in each chamber. No one is forced.

Read more


Belgium legalises euthanasia for children

Belgium last week became the first country to allow euthanasia for children. Euthanasia has been legal for adults since 2002, but the new law allows children of any age to request euthanasia if they are incurably sick, are conscious, have their parents’ consent, and have a “capacity of discernment”.

Read more

Listen to interview with Dr Megan Best in this week’s Political Spot


Special religious instruction

Rob Ward is the General Manager of Communications and Development at Access Ministries. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the history of Special Religious Instruction in Victoria and recent media reports suggesting a decline in the number of schools running the program.

Read more plus audio interview


New President of Parliamentary Christian Fellowship

Louise Markus is the federal member for Macquarie and the new president of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she discusses what the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship does.

Read more plus audio interview


ACL Breakfast Hobart: Strong Economy, Strong Communities

ACL’s Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast will discuss the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong families and communities. Learn from key strategic thinkers on how you and your business or organisation can be part of Tasmania’s economic recovery and why a strong economy is vital for our families and communities. The keynote speaker is one of Australia’s best known economists Prof Ian Harper. He will be joined by local innovator and business strategist, Prof Jonathan West, and Mission Australia’s Noel Mundy. The event will be held on Tuesday 25th February.

Read more and register


Voices For Justice, June 2014

Micah Challenge will be hosting Voices For Justice in June, a conference aimed at bringing the agenda of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world before our nation’s political leaders. The event will be held from 21st-24th June in Canberra and we encourage you to attend.

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Monthly Newsletter – February 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 combating drug and alcohol-fuelled violence in New South Wales, the upcoming Tasmanian state election, ACL’s inaugural Gap Week and much more.

Read the February newsletter


Supporter News – Passing of Keith Parker

ACL was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Keith Parker, a faithful supporter of ACL over many years. We are grateful to so many people like Keith, who quietly and faithfully support the work of ACL. We extend our condolences to his family and rejoice with them that he has gone to be with Christ.


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 marriage, and the Lord’s Prayer in parliament.

Read more


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

21 February – Breakfast, FUNdamentals of Kingdom Business, QLD

22 February – Rally For Life, QLD

25 February – Breakfast, Strong Economy, Strong Communities, TAS

26 February – Debate, Faith-based Religious Education Has No Place in Public Schools, VIC

26 February – 6 March – Meet Your Candidate Forums across Tasmanian electorates, TAS

2 March – National Day of Prayer and Fasting, nationwide

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

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

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


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