5 June 2014


The last few days ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton has been in Darwin meeting parliamentarians advocating for the Swedish approach to prostitution reform.

Read his blog piece from the Top End.

This week Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has instructed Australia’s Ambassador to Sudan to raise Meriam Ibrahim’s case with the Sudanese government. See more.

Religious liberty analyst Elizabeth Kendal comments on Meriam’s case in a radio interview.

This week in federal parliament Andrew Broad MP spoke on the value of the school chaplaincy program. Read his comments in this blog post.

ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis spoke to the media this week about her concerns regarding a proposed gambling venue. Check out our media section.

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P.S. Applications are still open for Spring 2014 Lachlan Macquarie Internship. Read what some alumni have to say about the program below.

Top End well placed to lead cultural shift on prostitution

By Lyle Shelton

I’m writing today’s blog from Darwin where the government is considering the legalisation of brothels.

With mining and resources industries creating a fly-in-fly out workforce, the government is grappling with what to do about 10,000 supposedly unattached males with high disposable incomes.

Read more


Australia joins calls to stop Meriam’s execution

Australia has joined the chorus of nations condemning the decision of a Sudanese court sentencing Meriam Ibrahim to death for the alleged crime of apostasy.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced this week she had instructed Australia’s Ambassador to Sudan to Meriam’s case with the Sudanese government.

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Government must act to stop the fabrication of kids’ birth certificates

A Queensland judge’s ruling that children’s birth certificates be fabricated underscores the urgent need for legislative reform to protect the rights of kids, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. 

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Andrew Broad MP commends National School Chaplaincy Program in parliament

This week, Mr Andrew Broad MP –  the member for Mallee in Victoria – gave his support for the continued funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program in a statement to parliament. He gave an account of the important work chaplains have played in his electorate. 

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Elizabeth Kendal discusses case of Meriam Ibrahim

Elizabeth Kendal is a religious liberty analyst. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about the story of Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim and her death sentence for refusing to renounce Christianity.

Read more plus audio interview



Baptist World Aid’s Scott Higgins writes book ‘Just Speak’

Scott Higgins works at Baptist World Aid and has just written a book encouraging people to use their voice to change the world. He spoke to the ACL’s Katherine Spackman about the book, called Just Speak.

Read more plus audio interview


Christian Research Association discusses life, ethics and faith in Australian society

Dr Philip Hughes works at Christian Research Association. He has just written a book on life, ethics and faith in Australian society showing that religious faith has a significant impact on the way people live. He spoke to the ACL’s Katherine Spackman about the findings in this interview.

Read more plus audio interview


Applications open for Lachlan Macquarie Internship Spring 2014 intake

Scholarships are now available for future Christian leaders looking to effect public policy. Applications for the Spring 2014 Lachlan Macquarie Internship are now open.

“LMI has become one of the most vital foundation stones and definitions for my life. My knowledge of God, personal development, wisdom, love, relationships and direction, all in some way rest upon this extraordinary experience. It has forged life-long, rich relationships with extraordinary peers and mentors and has taught me how little I know, yet how much I may know as a seeker of the truth in Christ.” – Recent LMI graduate


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

In the last week, ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as gambling, abortion, surrogacy, religious freedom, and the federal budget.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

10 June – Walk and Rally for Life, WA

19 June – A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association & Conscience, NSW

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

24 June – Dinner, ‘Political Correctness and Persecution’ with Senator Cory Bernardi, ACT

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