Media Release: Wednesday, August 8, 2007

In what is believed to be an Australian first, the leaders of the two major political parties have agreed to speak live to Christians across the nation.

This Thursday night, August 9, around 80,000-100,000 people from 880 churches, including many of the nation’s biggest, will gather at 702 venues to watch a live web-cast of Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd addressing church leaders and Christian voters.

‘Federal Election 2007 – Make it Count’ will be hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the National Press Club in Canberra from 7 pm – 9.30 pm (EST).

Around 200 church, para-church and denominational leaders will travel to Canberra for the event, which will include an opportunity for them to ask questions of both Mr Howard and Mr Rudd, after their separate talks.

Both the Prime Minister’s and the Opposition Leader’s addresses and the question sessions will be web-cast live to congregations meeting in locations across Australia, with a delayed web-cast from 7.30 pm (WST) for West Australians.

TIME: 7 PM – 9.30 PM, THURSDAY AUGUST 9, 2007 (DOORS WILL BE SHUT AT 7.10 PM)

PLACE: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, 16 NATIONAL CIRCUIT, BARTON, CANBERRA

CONTACT: GLYNIS QUINLAN, ACL PR MANAGER

  • MEDIA WHO WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND SHOULD CONTACT GLYNIS QUINLAN BY 3 PM THURSDAY TO REGISTER

Note to TV News: After the event a pool of vision will be made available, with the feed out via the Press Gallery Canberra. An audio split box will also be available.