Media Release: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Around 200 Christian voters from a range of denominations attended a ‘Meet Your Candidate Forum’ organized by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in Darwin last night.

Three NT Senate candidates and four House of Representatives candidates for the seat of Solomon addressed the crowd gathered at CDU’s Mal Nairn Auditorium on their policies and responded to a variety of questions of concern to the Christian constituency.

Candidates included David Tollner(CLP), Damian Hale(ALP), Jacques Chester(LDP), Maurice Foley(Ind), Trish Crossin(ALP), Duncan Dean and Bernardine Atkinson(Ind). The NT Greens declined the invitation to attend.

Topics ranged from federal intervention and school funding to nuclear energy and samesex marriage. Control of the Senate was among the other issues raised.

Chair of the Bagot Community, James Gaykamangu also took advantage of this opportunity to submit his proposal for a health clinic at Bagot Community to all the candidates.

“It was good to see so many people from the Darwin Christian community turn out for the forum although we were disappointed the NT Greens declined the invitation to participate.” ACL NT Chief of Staff Lois Fong said today.

The event is among around 50 Meet Your Candidate Forums being organized by the ACL in many 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: Lois Fong