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29 August 2013

In this issue:

Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to address Christians at webcast event

ACL releases political parties’ answers to federal election questionnaire

New iPhone app takes activism to next level

Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about political parties’ responses to election questionnaire

Alistair Gee on the Political Spot about International Day of Peace

Political parties fail to raise issue of homelessness in Australia

Candidates address voters in ‘Meet Your Candidate’ forums in Qld & Vic

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

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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I hope you will forgive us for all the emails but it is election time. There is still time to register for the Make it Count 2013 election panel webcast.

Please also take the time to check out www.Australiavotes.org.au. The political parties have responded to 22 questions we put to them on issues that perhaps don’t get the prominence they should at election time.

Please honour the parties’ commitment to us as a Christian constituency by taking a few minutes to examine them before election day.

At elections the stakes are high and sometimes emotions are too.

There has been jostling between the Coalition and Family First over marriage policy. Family First in Queensland ruffled Coalition feathers when its lead Senate candidate Aidan McLindon issued a media release this week claiming the majority of Liberal National Party candidates support same-sex marriage.

The Coalition contacted us this week to assure us this is not the case and the overreach of this understandably upset a number of Coalition candidates who are solid on this issue.

ACL understands the difficulty minor parties such as Family First face in carving out space in a political system dominated by the big two.

It is disappointing that individual LNP candidates won’t respond to questions about where they stand but it’s pre-emptive to say their silence means they support same-sex marriage.

ACL has had the same problem in its survey of candidates on marriage. Tomorrow we will be emailing you the results for your electorate.

If you are considering voting for a candidate who has not responded, please ring them up and ask them to tell you their position.

Meanwhile, ACL has released its long-awaited iPhone App. It’s free and we hope it will revolutionise on-line political activism.

Please continue to pray during this election period.

God bless,
Lyle

 

Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to address Christians at webcast event

ACL is pleased to announce that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will address Christians at the Make it Count 2013 Election Panel webcast via video message on Monday 2nd September, 2013.

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ACL releases political parties’ answers to federal election questionnaire

The Australian Christian Lobby says voters can be better informed at this election with the release of the parties’ responses on Australiavotes.org.au to 22 questions put to them by the Australian Christian Lobby.

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New iPhone app takes activism to next level

Thank you for making us the No 3 News App after we launched the iPhone App this week. ACL hopes it will revolutionise online political activism. ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the app has been six months in the making and will make it easier for people to get in touch with parliamentarians.

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Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about political parties’ responses to election questionnaire

Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about political parties’ responses to the election questionnaire the ACL has put to political parties.

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Alistair Gee on the Political Spot about International Day of Peace

Alistair Gee is the Executive Director of Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

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Political parties fail to raise issue of homelessness in Australia

The federal election campaign has raised issues like marriage, paid parental leave, cracking down on people smugglers, and managing the federal budget. What there fails to have been is a serious discussion on the state of poverty and homelessness across our nation.

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Candidates address voters in ‘Meet Your Candidate’ forums in Qld & Vic

This week, the ACL conducted ‘Meet Your Candidate’ forums (MYCF) in the electorates of Forde and Fairfax in Queensland, and the Victorian electorate of Deakin. These are designed to give voters the opportunity to meet and question candidates in their electorate about issues of most concern to them, and to gain a greater understanding of their values and priorities. Click the links below for information on these events. To find out more about upcoming forums in your electorate, click this link.

MYCF Electorate of Forde, Qld

MYCF Electorate of Fairfax, Qld

MYCF Electorate of Deakin, Vic

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 euthanasia in Tasmania, ACL’s Meet Your Candidate forums in Queensland, the launch of ACL’s iPhone app, ACL’s federal election questionnaire, and the Make it Count 2013 Election Panel webcast.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

3 September – Guinness & God: “From Sunrise to Sunset“, Dr Gregory Pike speaking on abortion & euthanasia, Canberra

17-19 September – Lectures: The Work of Theology: Thinking, writing and acting politically, Sydney

26-29 September – Conference: Ignite, Brisbane

11 October – Abortion Symposium: Ideology and Informed Consent, Melbourne

12 October – March for the Babies, Melbourne

31 October – Public talk, Q & A: Would we be better off without Christianity?, Hobart

13 November – Breakfast: Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hobart