24 April 2014


Last weekend ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton participated in some panel discussions at Easterfest in Queensland.

Read his blog piece Easterfest, culture and crucifixion – an Easter experience

This week, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that Australia would provide $20 million towards a schooling program for Syrian refugee children.

This is a welcome move but considering the enormity of poverty and displaced persons across the world, Australia should be doing much more.

Last week, we received sad news of the passing of Australia’s longest serving independent Senator Brian Harradine.

Father Frank Brennan and former staffer Melinda Tankard Reist reflect on his life in a special edition of the Political Spot

In other news, Scripture Union Queensland will appear before the High Court a second time next month. 

If you have not done so already, we encourage you to sign their statement of support for national school chaplaincy. 

ACL Team

Easterfest, culture and crucifixion – an Easter experience

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

It was great to attend the Easterfest music festival in Toowoomba. Thanks to local ACL supporters who helped staff our stall so we could have a presence amongst the many organisations showcasing their good work. Festival director Dave Schenk asked me to participate in three speakers’ forums over the weekend.

Read more


$20 million for Syrian children a step in the right direction but more needs to be done

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will contribute $20 million to provide schooling for Syrian refugee children but says more should be done given the scale of the crisis. 

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The life of former Tasmanian independent Senator Brian Harradine

In this special edition of the ACL’s radio program, The Political Spot, ACL’s Katherine Spackman chats to Father Frank Brennan and former staffer Melinda Tankard Reist about the life of former Senator Brian Harradine.

Read more plus audio interview


Back our chappies in High Court Challenge II

Scripture Union Queensland will again appear before the High Court to defend the national school chaplaincy program on May 6-8 this year. SU QLD is asking Australians to once again show their support by visiting backourchappies.com.au to sign their name in favour of federal funding for school chaplaincy.

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Alabama Supreme Court reaffirms right to life of the unborn

There has been a major breakthrough in child protection laws in Alabama in the United States with its Supreme Court ruling that the word “child” applies to both the born and the unborn. The decision was affirmed overwhelming (eight votes to one) in the case of a woman who used cocaine during her pregnancy. 

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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 religious freedom, overseas aid, and legalising brothels in the Northern Territory.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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

18 May – Church Together 2014, TAS

29 – 31 May – Innovate Conference, VIC

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

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


Thanks to Berwick Traditional Family Medical Service for its support

Berwick Traditional Family Medical Service is an Aged Care GP and Support Service visiting Residential Aged Care Facilities in the Casey and Cardinia area in Victoria. Berwick has been a generous supporter of ACL for many years. For more information or to progress a referral contact Dr. Rodney Stephenson rodstep@tpg.com.au

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