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Australian Christian Lobby


In brief

  • Online registrations are now open for the Make it Count 2013 Election Panel.
  • Ask your church leaders if they would be interested in registering your church for this live event on Monday, September 2.

The Prime Minister’s calling of an earlier-than-expected election means we have moved the planned Make it Count 2013 Election Panel webcast forward to Monday, September 2.

At each election, ACL seeks to serve Christians by helping to make sense of some of the big issues of concern to the constituency. To this end we’ve assembled a quality panel of leading Christian thinkers and subject matter experts.

The Make it Count 2013 Election Panel will be webcast live on Monday, September 2 at 7:30pm AEST, 7pm CST and on delay at 7:30pm for our WA viewers. It is available for churches across the nation to stream into their venue.

The panel will comprise:

  • Rev Dr Keith Garner, Superintendent of Wesley Mission,
  • Hon John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister,
  • Hon Robert McClelland, former Attorney-General and retiring ALP member for Barton,
  • Dr Megan Best, bioethicist and palliative care specialist, and
  • Dr Justine Toh, Centre for Public Christianity.

In previous emails we’ve advertised that the Rev Tim Costello will be a panel member. Unfortunately, he will be overseas on September 2. We are thankful that Rev Dr Garner was willing to join us at late notice.

Fielding your questions and those of a live studio audience, the panel will cover issues of refugees, gambling, poverty, sexualisation of society, family and marriage, religious freedom, life issues and more.

Many of you participated in our very successful marriage webcast last year, viewed by around 25,000 people.

This is a great opportunity to gather as a local church, grapple with the issues and to pray for the election.

Please ask your church leaders if they would be willing to host the webcast at your church.

Material to promote the webcast in your church is available here.

It would be great if you could join us in what we hope will be a landmark election event.

Finally, we have begun an election blog at australiavotes.org.au. The ACL team and I will be providing regular commentary throughout the campaign.

God bless,

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

ACL website

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