We should know by Monday at the latest if there will be an August 31 election.
You can bet there will be media starting to camp outside the Governor General’s residence at Yarralumla this weekend, which just happens to be a stone’s throw from ACL’s Deakin office.
Here at ACL we are a little nervous because we have planned our election webcast for September 11, banking on a later election. If the PM goes early, we’ll be scrambling to bring the webcast forward. Please pray.
We are privileged that Rev Tim Costello, former deputy prime minister John Anderson, former Attorney General Robert McClelland, bioethicist Dr Megan Best and the Centre for Public Christianity’s Dr Justine Toh have agreed to be on the panel.
Our aim with this live webcast to churches is to help us all make sense of the big election issues before we vote. Around 25,000 people in 500 churches watched last year’s successful marriage webcast and we hope we can again serve the Christian constituency through this medium.
Refugees, gambling reform, marriage, sexualisation of children, overseas aid and religious freedom are just some of the issues we’ll be putting to the panel in a Q&A format.
Keep an eye on your in-box next week for more information.
Lyle Shelton Managing Director
South Australian Parliament rejects state-based same-sex marriage
The South Australia Parliament today voted down a private members’ bill for state-based same-sex marriage.
The bill, introduced by Member for Port Adelaide Dr Susan Close, was defeated on the voices. While five ALP members spoke in support of the bill, 13 members opposed it (10 liberal, one ALP and two independent members) because of the unconstitutionality of the bill, the importance of marriage being defined between a man and a woman and finally the importance of children being raised by a mother and father.
PNG agreement an opportunity to reset priorities and expand refugee intake
The Australian Christian Lobby says the Papua New Guinea arrangement is an acceptable response to the tragedy of deaths at sea as long as humanitarian concerns are met and it allows Australia to expand its refugee intake to areas of greatest need.
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed moves by British Prime Minister David Cameron to crack down on the proliferation of child abuse images and pornography on the internet. ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Mr Cameron’s speech yesterday acknowledge that parents feel powerless when it comes to preventing their children from seeing porn and that government intervention is needed.
Roger Trigg on the Political Spot about erosion of religious freedom in Europe
Roger Trigg is a Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the Final European Court of Appeal’s decision to reject a request for referral of three contentious religious freedom cases from the United Kingdom,
ACL’s David Hutt on the Political Spot about preferential voting
David Hutt is the NSW Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he explains how the preferential voting system works in Australia for House of Representatives.
Save the date – Election Webcast 11 September 2013
At each election ACL aims to serve Christian voters by helping them make sense of key issues and policies of concern to us all.
ACL is pleased to announce a quality panel of Christian leaders, thinkers and subject matter experts have agreed to join with ACL to stage a live webcast to your church, should your church wish to participate.
The Make it Count 2013 Election Panel will be webcast live on Wednesday September 11 at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time, 7pm Central Standard Time and on delay at 7:30pm for our WA viewers.
Promotional material including on-line registration for the webcast will be available soon.
Lachlan Macquarie Internship
Interested in a career in public policy or know someone who is? Then apply for the Lachlan Macquarie Internship (LMI). A three-month course located on the outskirts of Canberra, the LMI is aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy. Applications are now open for the August intake, and generous scholarships are available.