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Australian Christian Lobby


3 April 2014

Last night Queensland’s parliament considered a bill to regulate outdoor advertising to protect the community from sexualised and objectifying billboard advertising.

Whilst the bill was voted down, some MPs spoke in support of the move. See what they had to say.

Nationally, last week a senate inquiry handed down it’s report on overseas aid. One of the recommendations calls for Australia to increase its aid to 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2024-25.

Labor and Coalition had pledged to meet this target by 2015.

This is a disappointing recommendation. Contribution to aid is not only a means of acting compassionately but justly. See our media release. ACL’s Katherine Spackman chats to Ben Thurley from Micah Challenge too.

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton writes about free speech in his blog piece this week.

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Free speech debate is only just beginning

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

The last federal Parliamentary sitting week in March was dominated by fierce debate about free speech and racial vilification. Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act makes it illegal to offend, insult or humiliate someone…

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Qld parliament debates outdoor advertising bill

Last night the Queensland Parliament discussed outdoor advertising in the state and in particular voted on a Katter Party bill to regulate advertising in an attempt to protect the community from sexualised and objectifying billboard advertising.

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Delay to increasing foreign aid a concern

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment at a senate inquiry report recommendation to extend the time by which Australia increase its foreign aid. Last week, a senate inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program released its report, with one of its 24 recommendations suggesting..

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Micah Challenge discusses report on overseas aid

Ben Thurley is Micah Challenge’s Political Engagement Officer. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Ben discusses the recent report handed down by a senate inquiry on Australia’s aid program. The inquiry was established to understand the effect of the Coalition’s election plan to cut $4.5 billion from the aid program…

Read more plus audio interview


Hundreds of child brides in NSW

Dr Mark Durie is a theologian, human rights activist and Anglican pastor. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about news reports showing hundreds of child brides in New South Wales. Dr Durie is urging authorities to do more to enforce marriage laws and restrict unregistered religious marriages.

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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 the recent senate inquiry report into Australia’s overseas aid and assistance program.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

10 April – Film screening, Unfinished Sky, NSW

21 April – Sydney Easter Parade, NSW

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

18 May – Church Together 2014, TAS

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

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


What you told us…

Last week we asked for your answer to the question “Why is speaking truth to politics important to you?” Thanks to those who responded. We’ve included some of the responses.

If there is no one speaking truth in politics, what is the use of the whole government system? Our leaders need to be transparent in their decisions, and not swayed by public opinion which may not have as much of a root in the truth of the gospel. Paul Cluff, NSW

Speaking truth in politics is important to me because as my elected representative, my members / senators speak (at least part of the time) on my behalf.  I don’t want to be thought of as anything other than a truth teller. Malcolm Pryor, VIC


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