Media Release: Thursday, 11 September, 2008



In the lead up to the ACT election, the Territory’s Attorney General and Opposition Leader are to address Christians at a special event in Canberra and answer questions from a range of ACT Christian leaders.



To be held next Monday night, ‘Make it Count ACT’ is expected to draw up to 1,000 Christians from a wide range of denominations to hear from ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell (standing in for the Chief Minister) and ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja.



‘Make it Count ACT’ will be hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the Llewellyn Hall – ANU School of Music, Childers Street, Acton at 7.30 pm on Monday September 15.



Denominational and Christian leaders attending the event will also have the opportunity to ask questions of both Mr Corbell and Mr Seselja, after their addresses.



ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said the staging of the event follows on from the successful Federal ‘Make it Count’ event held last August, which saw 80,000-100,000 Christians across Australia watch John Howard and Kevin Rudd address Christians through a live webcast. A similar event was also held last week in Western Australia.



“This is a unique chance for Christians to hear first-hand from the Attorney General and the Opposition Leader about why they think their parties should attract Christian votes, and to hear their responses to questions from church leaders,” Mr Wallace said.



“The importance of the Christian vote has come to the fore in recent Federal elections and is likely to be a factor in the upcoming ACT election.



“Christians today are increasingly deciding to take an interest in the political process in order to positively influence the character of our society.



“Christians tend to have a broad spectrum of concerns ranging from moral to social justice and family issues. Many Christians are looking to make an informed vote, and Make it Count ACT will make a vital contribution to this process.”



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