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Australian Christian Lobby


27 February 2014

This week, our Queensland director Wendy Francis launched a change.org petition calling on underwear retailer Bras N Things to stop their promotion of the brand Pl^yboy.

Within 24 hours, the petiton received over 2,000 signatures and caused Bras N Things to remove the posters from their shop windows. ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton talks about this in today’s blog column

In our weekly radio program, Ben Thurley from Micah Challenge chats about the current overseas aid inquiry.

Tasmania’s electtion campaign is well underway.

ACL’s Mark Brown spoke to Liberal leader Will Hodgman about the issues of most concern to Christians in the upcoming election.

Next Tuesday there’ll be a church service held in Sydney to mark the opening of the NSW parliament. If you’re able, we encourage you to show your support for our leaders by attending. 

ACL Team

Pushing back on porn

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

At 7:07 last Friday morning my Bible reading was interrupted by an SMS from ACL’s Queensland director Wendy Francis. “A mainstream shop, bras and things [sic], have gone too far with their latest advertising. It’s a promo for playboy with a prize offered to go to the playboy mansion,” Wendy texted. Needless to say it was difficult to go back to reading the Bible. Wendy recommended a change.org petition be launched via social media that day.

Read more


ACL releases interview with Tas Liberal Leader Will Hodgman

ACL has released an exclusive video interview with Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman about his position on issues of concern to Christians in the lead up to the state election. ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Labor Premier Lara Giddings declined the opportunity to be interviewed but has said she would supply a written response to the questions. Mr Brown said the 20 minute interview is available to watch on www.tasvotes.org.au.

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Overseas aid inquiry

Ben Thurley is the political engagement officer at Micah Challenge. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the current senate inquiry which is looking at the affect of the government’s decision to cut $4.5 Billion to international development.

Read more plus audio interview


Love, Life & Liberty Seminar, Brisbane

Emily’s Voice will be hosting a one-day seminar in Brisbane for those who want to change culture, support women facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, or help those who are suffering as a result of pregnancy loss. Keynote speakers will be:

– Anne Lastman (pictured left), Founder, Victims of Abortion

– Paul O’Rourke, CEO, Emily’s Voice

– Helen Glen, Community Education Manager, Priceless Life Centre, Brisbane

The seminar will be held on Saturday 22nd March. 

Read more


Church service to mark opening of NSW parliament

You are invited to attend an interdenominational church service to mark 2014 Opening of NSW Parliament to be held at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney on Tuesday 4th March 2014 commencing at 1pm until 1.45pm. The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, will be the preacher and other senior Sydney clergy will be taking part. The President and Speaker are participants in the service. 

For seating arrangements please RSVP to judy.russell@parliament.nsw.gov.au or 9230 2478. 


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

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton commented on the Belgian parliament passing a law permitting children access to the country’s euthanasia services in this week’s Politics InFocus.

Click here for more media commentary


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

26 February – 6 March – Meet Your Candidate Forums across Tasmanian electorates, TAS

2 March – National Day of Prayer and Fasting, nationwide

10 March – 2 April – Tour, Back Our Chappies, QLD

22 March – Seminar, Love, Life & Liberty, QLD

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

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

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


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