For release: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby will proceed with a live webcast in Queensland with LNP Leader Campbell Newman on Wednesday February 8 from 5:30pm, despite the Premier and Deputy Premier declining.

ACL’s Qld Director Wendy Francis said the constituency was disappointed the Premier and Mr Fraser were unavailable.

“ACL has been running Make it Count leaders’ forums for years at Federal, NSW, WA, Victorian, Tasmanian and NT elections and has always received excellent cooperation from Prime Ministers, Premiers and Opposition Leaders,” she said.

“The Christian constituency is concerned with a wide range of issue from addressing poker machine addiction, homelessness, human trafficking to pursuing the best interests of children in public policy.

“We are grateful that Mr Newman has agreed to participate and felt we should honour his commitment by proceeding with the event despite the Premier and Deputy Premier declining.

“More than 40 denominational and other senior church leaders will be in the live audience and will ask questions of Mr Newman that are of concern to the constituency,” Ms Francis said.

Media note: Media are welcome to attend the webcast filming before a limited audience of church leaders and ACL supporters at the Emanuel College, University of Queensland.