29 May 2014


This week in Brisbane, ACL’s Queensland director Wendy Francis hosted a panel of experts and state parliamentarians to discuss Australia’s crisis in child well being.

The night was a great success with around 100 people in attendance and highly knowledgeable and experienced guest speakers, including Queensland’s state opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton reviews the event and Australia’s child protection system in his weekly column

The case of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for apostasy, has captured the world’s attention, particularly this week as she gave birth to a baby girl in a prison clinic.

Christian and human rights organisations around the world have collected hundreds of thousands of signatures calling for Mrs Ibrahim’s release.

We encourage you to email the Sudanese Ambassador and our Foreign Minister Julie Bishop calling for her release. See the article on this case for instructions on how to do this.

Have a blessed week. 

ACL Team

Caring for kids needs to go back to basics

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

It’s not talked about nearly enough, but Australia’s crisis in child well being should be higher on the national political agenda.

Read more


Sudan: Baby born while mum appeals death sentence

Over one million people word wide have called for the release of a Sudanese Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for apostasy.

Calls for Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s release intensified this week after the 27 year old gave birth in a prison clinic.

Read more

Click here to email the Sudanese Ambassador and cc Julie Bishop


Associate Professor Neil Foster talks about the Christian Youth Camps case

Associate Professor Neil Foster from the University of Newcastle’s School of Law has been following the Victorian case Christian Youth Camps v COBAW. In this interview with ACL’s Daniel Simon, Mr Foster speaks about the case and its implications for religious freedom.

Read more plus audio interview


Alex Millard talks about the Lachlan Macquarie Internship

Alex Millard has just completed ACL’s Lachlan Macquarie Internship. In this interview with ACL’s Daniel Simon he talks about his experiences at LMI.

Read more plus audio interview


Uncle Boydie’s petition presented to the Governor-General

A symbolic step towards reconciliation was taken this week when Alf “Uncle Boydie” Turner presented an Indigenous rights petition to the Governor-General at Government House.

Read more


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

29 – 31 May – Conference, Queensland Christian Women, QLD

29 – 31 May – Innovate Conference, VIC

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

31 May – A Conversation with Senator Cory Bernardi, QLD

10 June – Walk and Rally for Life, WA

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

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