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8 May 2016



The Australian Christian Lobby’s election efforts will focus on nudging the major parties back to the centre ground of Australian politics.



ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Labor and the Coalition had moved too far to the right in cutting overseas aid and propping up the harmful poker machine industry.



“Both sides have walked away from their promise to the world’s poor by cutting aid. Both sides have become corruptly beholden to donations from the gambling industry to the point where poker machine reform has become impossible.”



Mr Shelton said Labor had moved too far to the left on social policy, especially in its adoption radical rainbow politics like same-sex marriage and the so-called safe schools program.



“With 66 per cent of voters in favour of a peoples’ vote on marriage, millions of Australians are concerned about Labor’s plan to take away their say by scrapping the plebiscite.



“ACL will be doing everything it can to educate voters about the threats to the rights of children and the threats to freedom of speech and conscience that flow from changing the definition of marriage.



“We hope Bill Shorten will step back from his pledge to scrap the peoples’ say and legislate same-sex marriage by October.



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“We call on both sides to commit to rebuild our overseas aid program to the world’s poor and to commit to reforming harmful poker machines.



“Elections are about the future of our society. This is our opportunity as voters to send a message to both parties that we wish to see a just and compassionate society. At a time when politicians are more attentive, this is our time,” Mr Shelton said.



The ACL today is launching a petition calling on Bill Shorten to support the marriage plebiscite.sh



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