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The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to its 2014 National Conference in Canberra.



Managing Director Lyle Shelton said ACL was grateful for Mr Shorten’s engagement with ACL and the Christian constituency.



“Today’s national conference is focusing on the issues of religious freedom, indigenous recognition in the Constitution and the plight of refugees fleeing persecution.” Mr Shelton said.



“We are grateful for Mr Shorten’s participation while understanding his position on redefining marriage.



Mr Shelton welcomed the Opposition Leader’s call for a civilized debate around marriage.



“We welcome Mr Shorten’s calls for a civilized debate about marriage.” Mr Shelton said.



“Marriage is an important issue for our society’s future and we should be able to have a mature and civilized discussion that respects different viewpoints.



Lyle Shelton thanked Mr Shorten for praising ACL for its support for recognizing indigenous Australians in the constitution.



Mr Shorten also commended ACL for organizing Solidarity Sunday on 2 November, a day where over 500 churches will unite in prayer and to raise awareness for persecuted Christians, suffering under the brutality of Islamic State.



Background:



The Australian Christian Lobby is a grassroots movement of over 30,000 people advocating for a more just and compassionate society.



Its aim is to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way Australians are governed, do business and relate as a society.