MEDIA RELEASE

For release: 10th March 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby has today publicly released the results of a survey conducted of parties contesting the upcoming NSW election on a range of issues of concern to Christians.

The results of the survey have been posted on ACL’s NSW election website, www.nswvotes.org.au, which will be promoted widely throughout churches in NSW.

NSWVotes.org.au provides the responses from Labor and the Coalition as well as the NSW Greens, Christian Democratic Party and Family First to ACL’s election survey. The Outdoor Recreation Party also responded to the survey.

Parties were asked 22 questions on a range of moral and social justice questions from curbing alcohol fuelled violence, poker machines and religious freedom through to abortion, euthanasia and ethics classes.

“NSWVotes.org.au will be an important resource for Christians in the lead up to Election Day,” ACL’s NSW Director David Hutt said.

“It will give people the chance to compare party policies on important moral and social concerns.

Mr Hutt said it was important people knew exactly what they were voting for on Election Day.
“Many people might be attracted to one area of a party’s policy and yet not realise that same party supports radical social change.

“For instance, the Greens’ policies on the environment might be at first glance appealing to many voters. However their support for state-based same-sex marriage laws, the removal of protections for religious freedom, the decriminalisation or abortion, legalising euthanasia and the introduction of a charter of rights will certainly be of concern to many people.”

Mr Hutt said he was glad the Greens responded to all 22 questions after refusing to answer 18 out of 24 questions in ACL’s survey at last year’s Federal election.

NSWVotes.org.au also contains exclusive video footage of the recent Make it Count event hosted by ACL that saw Premier Kristina Keneally and Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell address a large gathering of senior Christian leaders.

Media Contact: Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979.