Both the Government and Opposition ruled out drug injecting rooms for Victoria during last Friday’s Make it Count leaders’ event held in the lead-up to the November 27 election.

Despite Premier John Brumby’s last minute withdrawal because of his father’s sudden illness (and subsequent passing), the event attended by 140 high-level Christian leaders and ACL Supporters was a resounding success.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike, stepping in for Mr Brumby, and Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu both ruled out copying Sydney’s controversial Kings Cross heroin injecting room.

Church leaders questioned Ms Pike and Mr Baillieu on issues ranging from tackling Victoria’s problem gambling to examining why some late-term aborted babies survive and are left to die.

Mr Baillieu re-confirmed a previous commitment to reinstate freedoms to religion stripped by recent changes to Victoria’s equal opportunity laws.

ACL’s Victorian Director Rob Ward also spoke to the ABC’s Stateline program about why ACL engages politics by putting on events such as Make it Count Victoria.

Video footage of Friday’s Make it Count Victoria will soon be posted on the www.victoriavotes.org.au election website which is under construction.