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Who do I vote for? How do I make my vote count for Christian values? This is what many are asking with just two-and-a-half weeks until polling day.

For the past 10 years, ACL has worked hard to ensure Christians know as much as possible about the Parties and Candidates standing in elections.

In a non-party partisan way (but critical where necessary), we have sought to help Christians cast an informed vote for those who best support Christian values.

We are pleased to be taking this service to new levels in the 2010 Federal Election.

In late June we contacted all the Parties contesting the election with 24 questions of key concern to Christians.

All of the well-known Parties have responded, along with some of the less well known.

We have posted their answers on the Australiavotes.org.au site and hope you might take some time between now and August 21 to consider their responses. For busy people who don’t have time to go through 24 questions and answers, we have an easy link to Touchstone Issues and Points of Difference between the major Parties.

Disappointingly the Greens, who most pundits say are cruising to control the Senate, declined to answer many of the questions we put.

This site contains information about ACL’s local Candidate Forums and we are in the process of up-loading short video messages from participating House of Representatives and Senate Candidates.

If your local candidate has not submitted a video, you might like to ask them to consider this.

Australiavotes.org.au also contains information on conscience votes held in the 2004-2007 Parliament.

Whilst there were no conscience votes in the last Parliament, many of the politicians who voted on abortion and cloning in 2006 are again contesting this election. It is important to know where your candidate stands on protecting human life at its most vulnerable.

Under Election Resources you will see some short video clips which are designed to de-mystify the preferential voting system for the House of Representatives and the Senate. Please take a moment to view these.

We’ll be seeking to update this blog daily with comment on the remainder of the campaign as it affects Christians.

God bless,

Jim Wallace AM

ACL Managing Director