For release: Saturday, 9th March 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby has congratulated the Liberal Party on its resounding win in the Western Australian election and looks forward to the government following through on its commitments to the Christian constituency.

ACL’s WA director Rhys Vallance said Christians welcomed Premier Colin Barnett comments regarding euthanasia, religious freedom and chaplaincy at last month’s leaders address attended by more than 800 Christians.

“On euthanasia, Mr Barnett reiterated his opposition to creating “a legal structure that established a framework for ending a life” and Christians expect this to be honoured in the next four years,” Mr Vallance said.

“He also spoke of his support for religious freedom and faith based education when he said ‘freedom of choice, freedom of religion is fundamental to Australian society and a logical consequence of that is freedom in education’.

“On the importance of chaplains in schools Mr Barnett committed an extra $2 million dollars per year for chaplaincy if re-elected,” Mr Vallance said.

Mr Vallance said that in relation to prostitution reform in the state, the ACL would continue to lobby the government to investigate the Swedish example which criminalises the purchase of sex.

“Although the Premier refused to commit to send a parliamentary delegation to Sweden to investigate this policy, he did suggest it could be investigated when the new parliament sits,” Mr Vallance said.

Mr Vallance said the ACL was pleased to engage with both the Liberal and Labor Party in organising the Make it Count event in Perth and also in organising smaller forums for Christians to meet with their local candidates.