Media Release: Wednesday, 22 October, 2008

Less than two months after becoming Federal Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull will address Christians and engage with a number of key denominational leaders at the Australian Christian Lobby’s National Conference to be held in Canberra on November 7 and 8 this year.

Speaking on the topic ‘Family, Freedom and Australian Politics’, Mr Turnbull is part of an impressive line up of speakers including former NSW Labor Premier Bob Carr and international guests Dr Samantha Callan (UK) and Rev Richard Cizik (USA).

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said the conference provides a valuable opportunity for Christians to hear first-hand from the Opposition Leader about his views and policies on important family issues.

“The conference will be an important event for those wishing to see Christian values influencing our national political life,” he said.

Dr Callan, the co-author of the milestone Breakthrough Britain report, will be one of three other speakers on the topic of marriage and the family in public policy and will look at the role of the family as the key to social stability and reversing poverty.

Two other main topics to be covered at the conference include the issue of a bill of rights, and both sides of the climate change debate – including leading international evangelical advocate Rev Richard Cizik who will argue for greater action.

The conference theme is ‘Building a Nation of Character: Family, Freedom and the Future’. It begins with a dinner on Friday night, November 7, and continues all day Saturday November 8 at University House at the Australian National University in Canberra.

People interested in attending the conference are encouraged to register quickly as registrations close on October 31. They can be completed online at the ACL website at or by phoning (02) 6259 0431. Full details of the event are also available on the website.

To make it easier for university and theological college students to attend they are being offered a special half price rate of $60 for the main conference day on Saturday November 8. Students who wish to attend the Friday evening dinner on November 7 can also do so at discounted rate of $65.

ACL is grateful for the generous support of conference sponsors Christian Super and Compassion Australia.

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan