Media Release: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Around 120 Christian voters from a range of denominations attended a ‘Meet Your Candidate Forum’ organised by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in Canberra for local Senate candidates last night.

Four ACT Senate candidates addressed the crowd gathered at the Rex Hotel on their policies and responded to a variety of questions of concern to the Christian constituency.

Candidates included Kerrie Tucker from the Australian Greens, Gary Humphries from the Liberal Party, Peter Conway from the Australian Labor Party and Norman Vogt from the Australian Democrats.

Topics ranged from foreign aid and climate change to euthanasia and school funding. Control of the Senate was among the other issues raised.

“It was good to see so many Christians turn out for the forum, particularly considering that the outcome of the ACT Senate elections is likely to have a big impact on the balance of power in the Senate,” ACL ACT Director Richard Thackway said today.

“Everyone who attended would have had a great opportunity to assess the views of the candidates and to weigh up who they want to vote for in the Senate at the upcoming Federal election.

“It also gave the candidates the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the concerns of the Christian constituency and to realise that they are active and informed.”

The event is among around 50 Meet Your Candidate Forums being organised by the ACL in many different parts of Australia in the lead up to the election. ACL began in 1996 and is a non-denominational, non-party partisan lobby group representing a broad constituency of Christian supporters. ACL’s vision is to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business, and relate as a community.

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan