For release: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has told an 800 strong forum of Christian voters that if elected premier he will make outdoor advertising G Rated as a child protection measure.

ACL State Director Rhys Vallance, who organised last night’s Make it Count leaders’ forum with Premier Colin Barnett and Mr McGowan, welcomed the policy commitment.

“It was great to see both leaders acknowledge the problem of inappropriate outdoor advertising and to hear Mr McGowan’s specific commitment,” Mr Vallance said.

Christian leaders from a range of denominations put questions to the leaders.

Mr Barnett reiterated his opposition to euthanasia saying he did not support “a legal structure for ending a life”.

Both leaders expressed their support for the continuation of school chaplaincy.

Both pledged to do more on indigenous disadvantage with the Premier saying this was “Australia’s greatest social problem”.

On the tragic issue of 14 babies between 1999 and 2010 reportedly being born alive and then left to die, both leaders said they were not aware of this.

Mr Vallance said this was the second time ACL had conducted a Make it Count leaders forum, following a similarly successful event at the  2008 election also attended by more than 800 people.

“By turning out again in such numbers the Christian constituency is demonstrating that it is active and engaged, keen to ensure they are well informed when it comes time to vote.”