The Australian Christian Lobby passes on its condolences to the Reverend Fred Nile, family and friends on the passing of the Honourable Elaine Nile. The ACL, as part of the Christian constituency, is grateful for the contribution Mrs Nile made to the advancement of Christian values in public life over her long and distinguished career.

Please find below a release from the Reverend Honourable Fred Nile MLC about Mrs Nile.

THE HON ELAINE NILE

"In the Twinkling of an Eye" (1 Corinthians 15:52)

1936 - 2011

The Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC and family, the Management Committee and the NSW State Council of the Christian Democratic Party are saddened to announce the death of the Hon Elaine Nile at 8.15 pm on Monday 17th October, 2011 at Calvary Hospital. Elaine's liver finally failed as a result of cancerous tumours for which she had received treatment for 3 years.

Elaine served in the Legislative Council alongside her husband the Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC for almost 15 years, having been elected in 1988. Elaine resigned, due to ill health, in August 2002.

Elaine shared the "Balance of Power" (the balance of prayer and responsibility) with her husband Fred in the Legislative Council Chamber and was greatly loved by the members of the Christian Democratic Party and the wider Christian family throughout Australia and worldwide.

Elaine's love for her Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ and her faithful support of and loyalty to her husband was outstanding, a tribute to her Christian life and values.

Rev Nile said "I thank the Lord Jesus Christ that I was able to pray with Elaine and commit her to the Lord as she quietly passed into the presence of her Saviour. Elaine often expressed her strong Christian faith by saying 'absent from the body, present with the Lord'" said Rev Nile.

Elaine was the loved and loving mother of four children, Stephen, Sharon, Mark and David and dear grandmother to eight grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica, Montana, Jack, Matilda Lily, Elijah and Briarna.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the Sydney Morning Herald in the coming days.