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Australian Christian Lobby


6 March 2014

This week we’ve finalised our submission to the National Curriculum review.

It’s important the National Curriculum address Christianity in a way that is fair and balanced.

If you haven’t done so already, sign the petition to the National Curriculum and share the campaign with your friends.

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton is urging the government to take action on pokie reform which he writes about in his blog post below

For those born since 1975, you might not realise the impact of allowing no-fault divorce. Hear what law lecturer Dr Augusto Zimmermann has to say about it in his interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman.

There’s been a lot of discussion around proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. No amendments have been introduced yet but we’ll keep you updated. Discussion has generated debate about free speech which Mr Shelton discusses in an interview.

Last week ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown hosted a buisness breakfast about the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to families and communities. The addresses were recorded and are availabe to watch.

Still talking Tasmanian, Mr Shelton believes there’s a double standard in laws when it comes to protesting around abortion clinics and protests aimed at whalers. Read ‘Whales, babies and double standards‘.

Don’t forget to check out the event section to see if there’s something in you’re local area that you can go to or support.


ACL Team

Why national action on pokie reform is stalled

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

Just over two years ago I was meeting with anti-gambling activists around a table at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Led by Rev Tim Costello, the churches gambling task force had high hopes for poker machine reform. These poverty-creating scourges rip $5 billion a year from the pockets of addicts.

Read more


ACL Submissions on Foreign Aid and the Australian Curriculum

ACL made two submissions recently, one on foreign aid and one the national curriculum. ACL condemned the foreign aid budget cuts of $4.5 billion over four years in its submission. In that of the national curriculum, ACL emphasised a need for Bible literacy. The curriculum review is still accepting submissions until March 14.

Read more

Sign the National Curriculum Petition


Bras N Things removes Pl^yboy Mansion competition from shopfront windows

Wendy Francis is the Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about a petition she launched about Bras N Things competition on its shopfront windows to win a trip to the Playboy Mansion.

Read more plus audio interview


ACL’s MD talks about the value of free speech

Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he talks about why free speech is important for a well-functioning society. Debate about free speech and the limits of it has been a matter of public discussion in the context of an inquiry into whether section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act should be amended.

Read more plus audio interview


Calls to amend the Family Law Act

Dr Augusto Zimmermann teaches legal theory and constitutional law at Murdoch University in Western Australia. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman, Dr Zimmermann says that the Family Law Act that was introduced in 1975 to allow no-fault divorce has created an unjust system where irresponsible and selfish behaviour is not considered in settlements.

Read more plus audio interview


Tasmanian Strong Economy, Strong Communities breakfast videos now available online

ACL’s Strong Economy, Strong Communities breakfast was held in Hobart last Tuesday 25th February which was attended by around 70 people.  The aim of the breakfast was to address the importance of a strong Tasmanian economy to strong Tasmanian families and communities in the lead up to the state election this month. One of Australia’s well-known economists Professor Ian Harper (pictured) was the keynote speaker at the event.

Read more and watch the speeches


Whales, babies and double standards

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

Every summer we see images of Sea Shepherd vessels ramming Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean. None of us like watching pictures on our televisions of bloodied whales being dragged aboard what the Japanese government claims are “scientific research” ships. 

Read more


You’re invited to attend the Territory of Marriage seminar in Brisbane

Professor Patrick Parkinson AM (left) from the Sydney Law School will be speaking at a seminar in Brisbane on The Territory of Marriage: Constitutional law, marriage law and family policy in the ACT Same Sex Marriage Case. This first seminar will be held on Wednesday 19 March 2014 and will run from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

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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 upcoming Tasmanian state election and the Meet Your Candidate Forum in the electorate of Bass.

Read more


For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

26 February – 6 March – Meet Your Candidate Forums across Tasmanian electorates, TAS

10 March – 2 April – Tour, Back Our Chappies, QLD

19 March – Seminar, The Territory of Marriage: Constitutional law, marriage law and family policy in the ACT Same Sex Marriage Case, QLD

22 March – Seminar, Love, Life & Liberty, QLD

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

31 May – National Day of Thanksgiving, nationwide

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


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