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24 July 2014



The Victorian Government has recently introduced a new rule banning students from gathering for bible studies or prayer groups in public schools.

This is an attack on student freedom and must be reversed. 

If you are in Victoria, please take a few moments to email your MP and the Minister for Education asking them to scrap this new ban. See ACL’s Make a Stand page.

ACL has this week urged political leaders not to forget the plight of thousands of Christians who are being persecuted for their faith, particularly in the Middle East.Read ACL’s media release

Over the last few week’s, ACL has encouraged its supporters to speak up for marriage between a man and a woman by signing the submission into the inquiry to recognise overseas same-sex marriages.

Submissions close next Thursday 31st July. If you haven’t done so already, please make sure you sign the submission at preservingmarriage.acl.org.au before the closing date.

ACL has launched a video on marriage being God’s idea of the complementary union of a man and a woman. You can watch it by clicking the video link below or go towhymarriagematters.acl.org.au.


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Nitschke suspension should prompt us to investigate euthanasia claims

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

News has broken today that the Medical Board of Australia has suspended the registration of euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke. Yet again, he has been associated with the suicide of non-terminally ill people.

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Victorian Government bans Bible study and prayer groups in schools

The Victorian Government has introduced a new rule that bans students gathering for bible studies or prayer groups in our public schools.

Not only are they not allowed to meet to discuss Christianity together, they’re not allowed to advertise church or religious events or give their friends a Christian music DVD or bible.

Please email your state MP and the Minister for Education today and ask them to scrap the ban on school prayer groups and Christian study groups.

ACL urges solidarity with Christians suffering under IS ‘convert or die’ regime

With MH17 and Gaza rightly in the world spotlight, the Australian Christian Lobby is concerned that religious persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq is escaping unnoticed. Lyle Shelton said while it was understandable that political leaders had their focus elsewhere, he urged them not to forget the plight of Christians who were being forced to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax, or face death.

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Qld forum discusses child protection system

Recently ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis held a forum discussing the state’s child protection system following on from the release of the Carmody Report’s last year which concluded that the existing system was not ensuring the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children as well as it should. The audio in the link below is a radio package of some of what was said at the event.

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ASB upholds complaint against Wicked Campers for slogan vilifying religion

In May this year, the Advertising Standards Bureau upheld a complaint regarding another one of its slogans on the grounds of discrimination or vilification of religion. The slogan “If you love God, burn a church” was written across the side panel of a Wicked Campers van along with an image of a devil-like character.

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Victorians gather to honour victims of MH17 at St Paul’s Cathedral

By Dan Flynn, Victorian Director

I was amongst many Victorians at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne this morning to honour the victims of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 disaster in the Ukraine last week.

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Senator Bernardi addresses National Press Club

Senator Cory Bernardi addressed the National Press Club last week, decrying mediocrity and a lack of conviction in politics. Just hours after helping the Coalition repeal the carbon tax, Senator Bernardi delivered his speech, titled “Australian politics is in serious need of reform”.

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UK’s House of Lords debate assisted dying bill

The United Kingdom’s House of Lords last week debated a proposed assisted dying bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have less than six months to live. The bill attracted an almost even split in the House, with around 65 peers speaking in favour of the bill, and 62 against.

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Church leaders from around Australia participate in three-day short course in Canberra

Last week, the Lachlan Macquarie Internship ran a three-day short course for pastors and church leaders on the outskirts of Canberra. Nine church leaders attended this year’s program, titled ‘Engaging Politics’. They came from across Australia and represented a number of denominations such as Baptist, Orthodox and Anglican.

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ACL makes submissions on domestic violence and criminal activity in Qld

ACL recently made a submission to Queensland’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee’s inquiry on strategies to prevent and reduce criminal activity in Queensland. A second submission was also made to Queensland’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.

Read ACL’s submission on reducing criminal activity

Read ACL’s submission on domestic and family violence protection

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

n the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as marriage, euthanasia, and prostitution reform.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

21-25 July – Conference, Ancon: The Cross of Christ, NSW

7 August – Seminar, Ethical Supply Chains – How do we ensure human rights are protected?, NSW

9 August – City Women Brisbane present Melinda Tankard Reist, QLD

15 August – Breakfast, North Eastern Prayer Breakfast, VIC