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More than 180 Northern Territory Christian voters gathered to hear from the Country Liberal Party's Opposition Leader, Terry Mills, in the Charles Darwin University last night, the 9th August 2012. The event was also webcast to a baptist church in Alice Springs.

Unfortunately Chief Minister Paul Henderson declined the invitation to attend the event. The crowd appreciated Mr Mills good humour and also sensitive answers to the questions asked by Church leaders. The questions addressed issues of homelessness, the prohibitive cost of housing in Darwin, the need for bilingual education, land release to churches in new estates, the importance of marriage, chaplaincy, the tragedy of abortion, alcohol abuse, euthanasia, mental health and the need for stricter classification standards.

Mr Mills stated his own personal commitment to the current definition of marriage but failed to give an undertaking that his party would support his stand, saying rather that this was a matter of conscience as too are the issues of abortion and euthanasia. He is personally strongly pro-life and spoke of the value of every human life which was a recurring theme throughout the night as he spoke. With regard to the sometimes contentious moral issues that he was questioned on, he gave a strong challenge to the audience to make their voice heard as this is what will speak the loudest to the politicians.

When it came to the question of classification he committed to ensure that future promotional materials for the Darwin Festival have age recommendations and appropriate warnings for sensitive material. He also said he would look into introducing classification legislation for live theatrical performances.

The event is available to listen to in these 5 separate audio clips (total length time in 1 hour and 30 minutes). Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

We hope to have a video recording of the event uploaded on the website soon.