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Australian Christian Lobby



23 January 2014

This week the NSW Government announced changes to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney. ACL thinks there should be greater focus on the root cause of binge drinking (see our media release on the issue).

Last weekend the federal government announced it would be cutting $650 million from this year’s aid budget which is disappointing news for the world’s poor. 

This week we have a report on ACL’s inaugural gap week program which is being attended by 14 young people from across Australia.

Managing Director Lyle Shelton spoke about political engagement with the students which has prompted him to reflect on the idea in his column this week “‘Brave Battlers’ and political engagement”. 

Meanwhile, applications are still open for the next Lachlan Macquarie Internship starting February 22.

ACL’s radio program, the political spot, featured Lyle Shelton on the Lord’s Prayer in parliament and also Elizabeth Kendal on hostilities towards Christians around the world.

In Queensland, ACL’s Wendy Francis is organising Meet Your Candidate Forums for the two upcoming by-elections in the state (one federal and one state).

Next week ACL staff are meeting in Canberra to strategise for the year ahead – we’d appreciate prayer as we meet together as a team.

ACL Team

Brave battlers’ and political engagement

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

Because ACL seeks to influence politics, people often ask questions about whether it is appropriate for Christians to engage this space. I was reflecting on this afresh this week as I was preparing to speak to students on the topic of political engagement at ACL’s inaugural Gap Week. It is a big discussion and I don’t intend to go into all the ins and outs of it here. But a large part of the answer to this question jumped out at me while I was reading an article in the current edition ofThe Economist.

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Cuts to overseas aid disappointing

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment at news of further cuts to overseas aid. ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Christians had been at the forefront of urging the both Labor and the Coalition to keep the Millennium Development Goal promises, which included increasing aid to 0.7 per cent of gross national income by 2015.

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ACL Gap week kicks off

This week 14 young adults from across Australia have come to Canberra to attend ACL’s inaugural gap week program.
The six-day program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, networks, character and foundations needed to be effective in the redemption of Australian culture and government.

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Greater focus needed on addressing the root causes of binge drinking

The NSW Government’s resolve to tackle drug and alcohol-fuelled violence is understandable but more needs to be done to understand the causes of our society’s binge drinking culture and aggressive behaviours, the Australian Christian Lobby said this week. 

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ACL’s Lyle Shelton says Lord’s Prayer should remain a part of Parliament

In this radio interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton discusses why the Lord’s Prayer should remain a part of the opening of each sitting day in Parliament. The Greens’ senator Richard Di Natale is calling for it to be scrapped.

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Religious liberty analyst on report showing Christianity is the religion most countries are hostile to

Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she discusses the recent report from Pew Research which showed that Christianity is the religion most countries are hostile to.

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Candidate forums organised for Queensland by-elections

There are two by-elections in Queensland next month that ACL is organising Meet Your Candidate Forums (MYCF) to help Christians make an informed vote. The by-election for the federal seat of Griffith is set for the 8th of February and the by-election for the state seat of Redcliffe is set for the 22nd of February.

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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

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 the NSW government’s decision to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, and the political environment in Tasmania.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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

3 February – Griffith By-Election Meet Your Candidate Forum, QLD

10 February – Redcliffe By-Election Meet Your Candidate Forum, QLD

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