7 August 2014



Last weekend ACL’s Lyle Shelton addressed a rally in Melbourne for persecuted Christians in Iraq calling for Australia’s humanitarian intake to increase.

Watch what he told the rally.

There’s been a lot of media attention around Down syndrome baby Gammy.

Lyle writes in his weekly column that not enough of us are willing to do what is right to create the environment which will protect such babies.

To Victoria, ACL’s Dan Flynn welcomes the government’s statements that it hasn’t intended to ban prayer groups or religious clubs. Listen to Dan Flynn on radio.

In Queensland, ACL’s Wendy Francis talks about the government’s intention to introduced legislation to fine advertisers that breach its own code of conduct. Listen to her interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman.

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Time to fall in love with all of the baby Gammys in the world

By Lyle Shelton, Managing Director

Should baby Gammy have been born? Australians who raised $220,000 for the Thai-born Down syndrome baby’s medical costs think so. It has been heartening to see the outpouring of compassion for him.

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ACL’s Lyle Shelton addresses rally for persecuted Iraqi Christians in Melbourne

Last Saturday, ACL’s managing director Lyle Shelton called for an increase to Australia’s humanitarian intake when he addressed a crowd of about 4,000 who rallied in Melbourne to condemn the persecution of Christians in Iraq.

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Update on Victoria bible ban from ACL’s Vic Director

Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he welcomes comments from the Victorian Education Minister that the government hasn’t intended to ban prayer groups or religious clubs and has directed the Education Department to amend its policy guidelines to be consistent with the government’s intent.

Read more plus audio interview

ACL’s Qld director on govt’s new laws to fine advertisers

Wendy Francis is the Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman she talks about the government’s announcement that it will introduce legislation to fine advertisers that breach its own code of conduct.

Read more plus audio interview

Founder of gang rehabilitation program Homeboy Industries tours Australia

Father Greg Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries which is the largest gang member rehabilitation program in the United States. He’s currently in Australia on a speaking tour sponsored by the Australian Catholic University talking about “Jobs not Jails”. The ACL’s Katherine Spackman caught up with Father Boyle when he was in Canberra.

Read more plus audio interview

Marriage and family – the core of a stable society

ACL has launched a video on marriage being God’s idea of the complementary union of a man and a woman; the foundation of human flourishing.

Watch the video at whymarriagematters.acl.org.au

Position Vacant: Media Relations Officer

Media is an essential part of ACL’s role as it speaks into the public square. The Media Relations Officer is tasked with maintaining and expanding ACL’s reputation as a credible source for Christian commentary on public policy. This opening is within the ACL’s national office in Canberra. The position is full-time.

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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 issues such as the ban on Bible study and prayer groups in Victoria’s public schools, sexualised outdoor advertising in Queensland, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

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For the diary – a selection of upcoming events

7 August – Seminar, Ethical Supply Chains – How do we ensure human rights are protected?, NSW

9 August – City Women Brisbane present Melinda Tankard Reist, QLD

15 August – Breakfast, North Eastern Prayer Breakfast, VIC

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

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