In the lead up to the federal election a group of over 20 Christian leaders have drafted The Canberra Declaration – a document which was officially launched on the lawns of Parliament House on Friday July 23.



The Canberra Declaration follows on from the 2009 Manhattan Declaration and the 2010 Westminster Declaration.  It declares that when Christian values are respected and allowed freedom of expression, not just confined to so-called sacred spaces but in the public arena as well, society is richer and healthier.



The Declaration emphasises three areas that demand particular attention in our contemporary Australian society, namely religious freedom, marriage and the family, and the sanctity of human life. Were we to undermine any one of these values, the social fabric of our nation would be seriously weakened, to our personal and collective detriment.



The full Declaration can be read at: www.canberradeclaration.org.au



Already thousands of Christians and Christian organisations – including the ACL – have signed the Canberra Declaration and we encourage you to consider signing it too.