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Australian Christian Lobby



5 December 2013


Here’s a short video from the ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton about the year that was. Click on the image to watch.

Lyle also has a column about Christian engagement in politics on issues such as same-sex marriage entitled “The Debate we have to have”.

ACL’s research officer Daniel Simon reports on the High Court Challenge into same-sex marriage.

We also released a media release this week about the Victorian Liberal State Council passing a motion supporting doctors’ conscience.

ACL’s Katherine Spackman has done three radio interview this week including one on the doctors’ conscience issue with ACL’s Dan Flynn. She’s also done an interview with Dr Megan Best about a new book she’s written about unplanned pregnancies called A Life Already Started.

Don’t forget about ACL’s gap week coming up soon in January. Do you know any university students who’d be interested in attending? The next LMI intake is also fast approaching as well.

God Bless,

ACL Team


The debate we have to have

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

“Has the Left abandoned its prophetic role?” is the title of an article in this month’s Eternity newspaper by well-known New South Wales Baptist pastor Karl Faase. While I do not like binary terms such as ‘left’ and ‘right’ to pigeon hole people on the political spectrum, I have, like Karl, been concerned that it is ok to speak out about some political issues but not others.

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High Court hears ACT same-sex marriage law case

The High Court heard the ACT same-sex marriage case on Tuesday, December 3rd, reserving its decision until December 12. ACL’s Research Officer Daniel Simon attended the hearing and reports on the arguments presented.

The Commonwealth argued that the ACT’s same-sex marriage law, passed in October and taking effect on December 7, is invalid because it is inconsistent with the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961

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ACL welcomes Vic Liberal State Council decision supporting doctors’ conscience

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the motion passed by the Victorian Liberal State Council supporting an amendment to abortion laws to allow doctors’ conscience. This week’s motion to support the amendment of Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act to allow a health practitioner not to have to refer for abortions follows recent petitions seeking this amendment.

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Registrations still open for ACL inaugural Gap Week

It’s not too late to register for ACL’s inaugural Gap Week, being held on the outskirts of Canberra from the 19th-24th January 2014. University-aged Christians seeking to understand and engage in public leadership from a biblical perspective are invited to apply to attend the six-day, live-in course. Only 18 places are available so be quick!

Click here for more information and to register 

Calls for Victoria’s abortion laws to recognise doctors’ conscientious objection

Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the ACL. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about petitions that have been tabled in the Victorian Parliament calling for an amendment to the Abortion Law Reform Act to allow doctors’ conscientious objections.

Read more plus audio interview

Bioethicist Dr Megan Best writes a book on positive paths in unplanned pregnancies

Dr Megan Best is a bioethicist and palliative care doctor who is employed by HammondCare. She spoke to the ACL’s Katherine Spackman about a book she’s written called A Life Already Started which looks at positive paths in unplanned pregnancies.

Read more plus audio interview

Part 2 of interview with Historian Dr Stuart Piggin on 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

This is part 2 of an interview with Rev Dr Stuart Piggin with ACL’s Katherine Spackman. He recently gave an address to the William Wilberforce Foundation in Melbourne for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

Read more plus audio interview

Applications now open for Lachlan Macquarie Internship 2014 autumn intake

Interested in a career in politics? The Lachlan Macquarie Internship (LMI) 2014 autumn intake applications are now open. LMI is a unique course aimed at fostering a greater appreciation of the relevance of a Christian worldview to public policy. Next year’s autumn term will run from the 24th Fenruary to 30th May, and applications are due by the 15th December.

Click here for more information and to apply 

Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle released in cinemas today

The Christmas Candle, the only Christmas film to be released in Australian cinemas this year, will be released in selected cinemas throughout the country today. The story comes from author Max Lucado and stars a variety of well known actors, and debuts Susan Boyle in her first feature film.

Read more and watch trailer

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

The ACL’s Katherine Spackman comments on moves to block child abuse material from the internet, and NSW’s recently passed “Zoe’s Law” in this week’s Politics InFocus.

Click here for more media commentary

For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

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

19 – 24 January – ACL Gap Week, ACT 

11 – 13 February – Pastor short course, ACT

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