Media Release: March 21, 2007

Interested Christian voters spilled out the door at the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) ‘Meet Your Candidate Forum’ held in Richmond last night.

Almost 300 people from a range of denominations packed out the Richmond Senior Citizens Hall to learn more about the views of candidates from the electorates of Londonderry, Hawkesbury and Riverstone.

Candidates addressed the crowd on their policies and responded to a variety of questions, with topics ranging from roads, sewerage and hospitals to euthanasia and civil partnerships.

“The evening was a great success and gave the many Christians who attended the opportunity to assess the views of a number of candidates and to weigh up who they want to vote for in Saturday’s election,” ACL managing director Jim Wallace said today.

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

The forum follows on from a range of similar events which have been held in different parts of NSW in the past fortnight, from Ballina in the North, to Dubbo in the West, and Goulburn in the South. In all, the forums are covering 11 electorates, including a number of key seats.

ACL began in 1996 and is one of Australia’s fastest growing lobby groups. 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.

Contact: Glynis Quinlan