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20 March 2014

Whilst we wait to see the who will form government in South Australia after the election on Saturday, the Tasmanian election outcome was clear.

The latest count suggests the Liberal Party will gain 14 seats, the Labor Party six and the Greens three.

The previous government’s preoccupation with social issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia has proved unattractive to mainstream voters.See our media release.

ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown looks forward to working with the new government.

Last year ACL made a submission into the Australian Communication and Media Authority’s (ACMA) Contemporary community safeguards inquiry making the case for timezone restrictions to remain when it comes to adult content being aired on TV.

We’re pleased to report ACMA has rejected calls from Free TV to lift timezone restrictions. See an interview ACL’s Katherine Spackman did with Elizabeth Handsley from the Australian Council on Children in the media.

There is also interview with Martin Thomas from Mission Australia on the issue of homelessness and calls for the National Partnerships Agreement on homelessness to be extended by a further five years.

How do we engage in a post-Christian Culture?

That’s the question raised at a Sydney conference this week that ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton reflects on in his weekly column. What do you think?

ACL Team

Rethinking public faith – promoting human flourishing from the margins

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

With “brand church” tarnished by child sex abuse and a perception of us only speaking negatively in the public square on “narrow” issues such as same-sex marriage, a conference was convened in Sydney this week to look for answers. Called Re: Thinking a Public Faith, it was organised by World Vision, the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) and Arrow Leadership. The keynote speaker was Yale theologian professor Miroslov Volf (left), who appeared on the ABC1′s Q&A program on Monday night.

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Tasmanians reject Greens-Labor social agenda

The Australian Christian Lobby has congratulated the Liberal Party on its resounding win in the Tasmanian election and looks forward to working constructively with the new government. ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said the enormous amount of time the State Parliament spent debating contentious social issues such as same-sex marriage (twice), abortion and euthanasia had proven unattractive to mainstream voters.

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Mission Australia talks about homelessness and the national partnership agreement

Martin Thomas is the general manager of social advocacy and public affairs. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the need for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, which is due to end at the end of June, to be extended for another five years.

Read more plus audio interview


ACMA rejects calls to lift TV timezone restrictions

Elizabeth Handsley is a Professor of Law at Flinders University and also the President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about the Australian Communication and Media Authority rejecting calls to lift TV timezone restrictions when it comes to adult-themed content airing on television.

Read more plus audio interview


Monthly newsletter – March 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 the Tasmanian state election, the National Curriculum Review, euthanasia for children in Belgium and much more.

Click here to read the March newsletter


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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

22 March – Seminar, Love, Life & Liberty, QLD

22 March – Film screening, Miss Representation, VIC

15 May – Breakfast, 2014 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, QLD

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

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


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