Media Release: Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull will address Christians on the topic ‘Family, Freedom and Australian Politics’ at the Australian Christian Lobby’s National Conference on November 7 and 8.

Former NSW Premier Bob Carr is among the line-up of speakers, along with international guests Dr Samantha Callan from the UK (co-author of the Breakthrough Britain report) and Rev Richard Cizik from the USA.

A number of key Christian leaders will be attending the conference, which will look at three main topics: marriage and the family in public policy; the issue of a bill of rights; and both sides of the climate change debate.

When: 6.30 pm – 10 pm, Friday November 7

8.30 am – 5 pm, Saturday November 8

Place: University House, ANU, Cnr Balmain & Liversidge Streets, Acton, Canberra

Contact: Media wishing to register to attend should contact Glynis Quinlan

Below is a list of speakers and times:


7.00 pm Dr Samantha Callan Marriage and Family as the Key to Social Stability and Reversing Poverty – Part 1


9 am Dr Samantha Callan Marriage and the Family as the Key to Social Stability and Reversing Poverty – Part 2

9.45 am Hon Malcolm Turnbull Family, Freedom and Australian Politics

11 am Hon Bob Carr What’s Wrong with a Charter of Rights?

11.45 am Beth Micklethwaite Marriage and Family: The Australian Context

12.05 am Jim Wallace Favouring Family & Freedom in Aust. Public Policy

1.30 pm Rev Richard Cizik Comments on the US Presidential Election

1.45 pm Maggie Gobram Caring for the Disadvantaged in Egypt

2.15 pm Rev Richard Cizik Action on Climate Change as a Christian Priority

2.45 pm Prof Bob Carter Context & Balance in the Global Warming Debate

3.45 pm Cizik & Carter Climate Change Panel: Moderated by David Yates