4 September 2014



In our increasingly secular world, we always need to be prepared to give an account for the hope we hold.

Last night, Rev David Ould gave a brilliant example of how to do this graciously on SBS’s new show, Living With the Enemy.

It’s more important than ever that we continue to make the case for a more just and compassioante society.

This is something we’ll be exploring at this year’s National Conference.

Tickets are selling fast but you can still register by clicking here.


Kind regards


ACL Team

Rev David Ould shows how to disagree agreeably

By Lyle Shelton

Last night SBS screened a new program entitled “Living with the Enemy”. The first episode covered same-sex marriage. An Anglican Minister, David Ould, from Macquarie Fields in western Sydney, participated by having a same-sex attracted couple live with him and his family for a few days.

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Government should back Nationals’ urgency motion to help Islamic State victims

Media Release

The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its call for the Federal Government to urgently lift the humanitarian refugee intake to assist refugees fleeing Islamic State brutality in Iraq and Syria.

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3 things I learned about surrogacy at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

By Wendy Francis

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.  This was not my usual scene.  FODI has been the home of some strange and disturbing thinking.

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Same-sex marriage claims another two victims – NY

By Laurenne Abdalmalek

Proponents of same-sex marriage said it wouldn’t come to this…

Last month, we learned of a couple in New York who were fined $13,000 USD for declining to host a wedding ceremony for a lesbian couple on their property.

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Which Senator thinks families are paying too much tax?

By David Hutt

This week, the Senate heard a speech calling for the Federal Government to allow single income families to split their income for tax purposes.

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Modern day slavery not just about sex work

By Daniel Simon

Wendy Francis is the Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview, she talks to ACL’s Daniel Simon about the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Listen to the interview

Should Australia abolish the minimum wage?

By Daniel Simon

Abolishing the minimum wage, the importance marriages.  These were just some of the issues covered in Senators’ first speeches to parliament this week.

Click here for the highlights

ACL National Conference –October 24-25th

These are challenging times globally and domestically. Now more than ever, our voice is needed which is why you should consider attending ACL’s National Conference, Speak Up.

ACL is honoured to have the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten, as our keynote speaker. He will join a stellar line-up of top quality speakers who will inspire us about our responsibility to bring justice and compassion into public policy.

Register today

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 chaplaincy in schools, and marriage.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

6 September – Seminar, Fight the Good Fight, ACT (ACL’s Lyle Shelton speaking)

12 September – Political Q&A, WA (ACL’s Rhys Vallance speaking)

17 September – Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2014, TAS

24-25 October – ACL National Conference, ACT

26-27 October – National Leader’s Prayer Breakfast, ACT

27 October – Theology @ the Pub, State Election Special, VIC

28 October – Migration and Asylum: Towards a Better World, VIC

31 October – Conference, Freedom of Religion, QLD

14-16 November – Conference, Caring for the garden in a fallen world, NSW