22 May 2014


Although foreign aid was the single biggest saving in this year’s federal budget, the Coalition upheld its election promise by extending funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program– a win for the emotional wellbeing of Australian students. 

In an interview with ACL’s Daniel Simon this week, Managing Director Lyle Shelton speaks about the federal budget, including the issues of foreign aid and chaplaincy. 

ACL’s Lachlan Macquarie Internship (LMI) is a unique course aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy.

In this week’s ENews, LMI’s program director Nick Jensen writes about the past and present foundational role the Church plays in public policy.

Applications for the next term of LMI, running from August 17th to November 21st, are now open. If you or someone you know is considering a career in public policy, we encourage you to send in your application. Applications close June 20th. 

In other news, ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn was interviewed by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell recently about the use of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue to promote sports betting in the upcoming World Cup. See the media section to listen to the interview. 

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to register for ACL’s Q & A panel event in Brisbane, on this coming Monday 26th May. There’s a great line up of speakers including the Hon Tracy Davis MP and chairman of Teen Challenge Dr David Hunt who, along with other speakers, will be discussing alcohol-fuelled violence and the Carmody Report into the safety of children. 

Seats are limited so be sure not to miss out. 

ACL Team

Budget a first world problem compared to plight of Christians in Middle East

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

As we worry about the budget’s impact on our standard of living, our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East fear for their lives. Reports of murder, kidnapping, forced conversion and church destruction at the hands of Muslim extremists are common in places like Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

Read more


Recant or die – Christian mother sentenced to death in Sudan

A Sudanese court has sentenced a 27-year-old Christian woman to death for the alleged crime of converting from Islam.

Apostasy is a crime punishable by death in Sudan. She has also been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because the nation’s Islamic law doesn’t recognise her marriage to a Christian man.

Click here to make a stand for Meriam by emailing Sudan’s ambassador and Cc’ing Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.


The State needs the Church

By Nick Jensen – ACL Leadership Development Director

It seems that now whenever there is a problem, it is the government’s responsibility to do something about it. Even Christians often fall into this trap. We treat the government as Saviour and put our hope in its sovereign arm. The reality is, however, that the State needs the Church.

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School chaplaincy program gets funding boost

The Coalition has upheld its election promise by extending funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program, a decision welcomed by the Australian Christian Lobby. The Coalition pledged before the election to continue the National School Chaplaincy Program in Schools to support the emotional wellbeing of students.

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Economist Chris Richardson talks about the federal budget

Chris Richardson is an economist with Deloitte Access Economics, and a well-known commentator on economics. In this interview with ACL’s Daniel Simon, he discusses the Coalition’s first federal budget, handed down by Treasurer Joe Hockey last week.

Read more plus audio interview


Lyle Shelton talks about the federal budget

Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with ACL’s Daniel Simon, he discusses the issues of foreign aid and chaplaincy, as well as trust and promises in politics, after last week’s federal budget.

Read more plus audio interview


Christians Under Persecution Petition

Christians Under Persecution (CUP) is a new advocacy group advocating for persecuted Christians around the world. CUP is organising a petition requesting the government raise this issue on the international stage. Please consider signing this petition. 

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Listen to the Political Spot interview with Frank Neale, founder of CUP


The harms of same-sex marriage – video

In an articulate presentation, Australian Marriage Forum President, Dr David van Gend, has outlined the harms of same-sex marriage in this 25-minute video. The talk / panel Q&A took place at a recent church conference and reminds viewers that legalising same-sex marriage will have major consequences for the moral education of children and for freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Read more and watch the video


For Kids Sake Panel – What does the Carmody Report mean for Qld children?

Don’t forget to register for ACL’s Q & A evening this Monday, May 26 in Brisbane. Items of discussion will include alcohol-fuelled violence and the Carmody Report, which aims to keep children safe. Panellists include the Hon Tracy Davis MP, chairman of Teen Challenge Dr David Hunt and many more.

Click here for more information and to register


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

In the last week, ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as sports gambling, the federal budget and legalising prostitution.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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

10 June – Walk and Rally for Life, WA

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

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