Media Release: Monday, 12 March, 2007

More than 100 Christians, church, community and business leaders attended Newcastle’s first Meet Your Candidate Forum run by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) last Friday night.

The five candidates for the seat of Charlestown in the upcoming State election addressed the group on their policies and responded to many questions that concern the Christian constituency and the average family today.

Topics ranged from business and the environment to film classification standards and same-sex unions.

“The night was a time to inform and empower those in attendance to support the candidates who demonstrate a commitment to Christian values,” ACL NSW State Director, Joan Woods, said today. “It was also a time to honour the candidates for their desire to serve the electorate.”

ACL is one of Australia’s fastest growing lobby groups and was acknowledged by many commentators as playing a significant role in raising the profile of the Christian vote in the 2004 Federal election.

ACL began in 1996 and is a non-denominational, non-partisan lobby group representing a broad constituency of Christian supporters. ACL’s vision is to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business, and relate as a community.

Contact: Joan Woods