Happy New Year to all our supporters. I trust you too have enjoyed Christmas with family and friends.

Thanks to everyone who responded to our appeal to build our ‘fighting fund’. You have been very generous and this has set us up well as we kick off 2015. Thank you!

Through the generosity of our supporters and friends, we are able to work together to be an effective voice for values in our nation.

Qld and NSW Elections

Already we have hit the ground running with an election in Queensland. State Director Wendy Francis kicks off Meet Your Candidate Forums Tuesday in the Brisbane electorate of Lytton.

With an election due in NSW at the end of March, our new NSW Director Mark Makowiecki is also putting things in place for our campaign there.

It is so important that the Christian constituency plays its part in democracy and there is no more important time than elections for this.

The fight for freedom

The December-January period has been marred by the tragedy of Islamist terror in Australia, France and Nigeria.

I was privileged to have a piece published in The Australian highlighting the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities at the hands of Islamic governments who will also kill and imprison people for blasphemy.

Freedom of religion, speech and conscience is precious and we must continue to speak up for it wherever it is threatened.

Preserving marriage

2015 is going to be an important year for the future of marriage in Australia.

By God’s grace and through your support, we have been able to successfully maintain the natural, timeless and sustainable definition of marriage here in Australia.

We will continue to be vigilant for marriage and the human rights of children to their biological mother and father throughout 2015.

Training future leaders

Next week 16 young people from around the nation will join us here in Canberra for our second annual ‘Gap Week’.

This program gives future leaders a taste of history, politics and influencing public policy from the perspective of a Christian theology of engagement.

Please pray

As you can see, we are off to a busy start to 2015.

With so many important challenges and opportunities facing us, I hope you will continue to partner with us in prayer as together, we continue as a voice for values in our nation.