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Australian Christian Lobby





30 January 2014

ACL staff have met in Canberra this week to strategise for the year ahead. The team is excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. 

Last week, ACL expressed disappointment at news of further cuts to foreign aid. ACL’s Katherine Spackman has interviewed Ben Thurley from Micah Challenge about the cuts in this week’s radio interview. 

You’ll notice also that ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton spoke on this issue of cuts to foreign aid in his interview on Politics InFocus. Please see the media commentary section in today’s edition to watch this. 

As we approach a March state election in Tasmania, ACL’s Mark Brown is organising a Strong Economy, Strong Communities breakfast in Hobart on the 25th of February. Mark is also organising Meet Your Candidate Forums in some electorates. 

Another exciting event is the FUNdamentals of Kingdom Business breakfast with Wez Hone in Brisbane next month. Come and be blessed by one of Australia’s leading ‘faith in business’ thinkers. 

ACL Team

Micah Challenge on govt cuts to this year’s aid budget

Ben Thurley is the Political Engagement Coordinator for Micah Challenge. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the recent announcement by the government that it will cut $650 million dollars from this year’s aid budget.

Read more plus audio interview



Meet the Holy See’s Ambassador to Australia

His Excellency the Most Reverend Archbishop Paul Gallagher is the Pope’s diplomatic representative in Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about his role and the recurrent themes from Pope Francis’ papacy.

Read more plus audio interview


ACL Breakfast Hobart: Strong Economy, Strong Communities

ACL’s Strong Economy, Strong Communities Breakfast will discuss the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong families and communities. Learn from key strategic thinkers on how you and your business or organisation can be part of Tasmania’s economic recovery and why a strong economy is vital for our families and communities. The keynote speaker is one of Australia’s best known economists Prof Ian Harper. He will be joined by local innovator and business strategist, Prof Jonathan West, and Mission Australia’s Noel Mundy. The event will be held on Tuesday 25th February.

Read more and register


FUNdamentals of Kingdom Business breakfast with Wez Hone, Brisbane

ACL, Business Blessings and Christian Business Network are once again working together to present another great year of combined business breakfast events on behalf of the Christian community at Queensland Parliament House. To kick off this year we have invited Wez Hone to speak on Friday 21 February.

Read more and register


Candidate forums organised for Queensland by-elections

There are two by-elections in Queensland next month that ACL is organising Meet Your Candidate Forums (MYCF) to help Christians make an informed vote. The by-election for the federal seat of Griffith is set for the 8th of February and the by-election for the state seat of Redcliffe is set for the 22nd of February.

Read more


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

In this week’s Politics InFocus, ACL’s Lyle Shelton commented on recent announcements of cuts to foreign aid, and the Greens’ suggestion that the Lord’s Prayer should be cut from proceedings in Federal Parliament.

Click here for more media commentary


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

11 January – 9 February – Pro-life walk, Crossroads, various states

3 February – Griffith By-Election Meet Your Candidate Forum, QLD

10 February – Redcliffe By-Election Meet Your Candidate Forum, QLD

21 February – Breakfast, FUNdamentals of Kingdom Business, QLD

25 February – Breakfast, Strong Economy, Strong Communities, TAS


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