In early January, Managing Director Jim Wallace spoke as a part of a panel with His Grace Bishop Suriel, Bishop of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions at a rally about the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. The rally followed a church service to both celebrate the orthodox Christmas and remember the 21 Copts killed in a New Year’s Eve attack at a Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt. Many of those present had relatives who had been victims in the bombing. The Australian Christian Lobby wants to see the Australian Government call the Egyptian Government to provide Copts with better protection.