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MR: $20 million for Syrian children a step in the right direction but more needs to be done
· April 22, 2014 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday April 22, 2014
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will contribute $20 million to provide schooling for Syrian refugee children but says more should be done given the scale of the crisis.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said whilst the government’s pledge is commendable, the enormity of the humanitarian crisis in Syria requires a lift in our humanitarian intake from 13,700.
“So far, around 2.7 million people have been displaced as a result of the continuing crisis in Syria and 140,000 have died in what is one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises since World War II.”
Mr Shelton said cuts to Australia’s Millennium Development Goal promise on overseas aid would also restrict our ability to respond.
“We are a prosperous country by comparison and have a moral responsibility to provide greater aid to those suffering around the world, especially given the large number of displaced persons in this instance,” Mr Shelton said.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday announced that $20 million would go towards a joint Australia, United States, United Kingdom and United Nations initiative to provide schooling for almost one million Syrian children.
Earlier this month, ACL expressed disappointment at a senate inquiry report recommendation to extend the time by which Australia increases its overseas aid in line with its bi-partisan MDG promise.
Mr Shelton said that the escalating number of asylum seekers from Syria meant a refugee intake of just 13,700 was too low for an adequate response to the sheer numbers of people displaced by the Syrian and other conflicts.
Tim Costello on the Political Spot about C20's role in the G20
· September 10, 2013 10:00 AM
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Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Australia. Next year Australia will chair the G20 summit in Brisbane, which is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making, with members from 19 countries plus the European Union. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman Tim Costello talks about the civil society arm of G20 called C20 which he will chair. There is a
9 minute interview
(extended) with Mr Costello available.
Roy Williams on the Political Spot about religous beliefs of Australia's Prime Ministers
· July 16, 2013 10:00 AM
Roy Williams has just written a new book called "In God they Trust? The religious beliefs of Australia's Prime Ministers 1901-2013". In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about the book.
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· April 04, 2013 11:00 AM
The Lachlan Macquarie Internship is a 14-week program aimed at those who are looking at careers in politics, public policy and/or leadership.
The live-in community program is based outside Canberra. The curriculum covers four major blocks: biblical foundations, historical traditions, political ideologies and religion and politics in Australia.
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Towards Belief': Pre-order the series today!
· March 19, 2013 11:00 AM
will be available on DVD in May 2013. Pre-order your copy today and receive a special discount!
is a 10 part series bringing together respected academics, apologists and Christian leaders to respond to the top belief blockers of our time.
The series is hosted by pastor and CEO of Olive Tree Media, Karl Faase, who travels to America, the United Kingdom and Australia to interview leading Christian thinkers including:
Professor John Lennox
, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA)
Professor Richard Swinburne
, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford
, author and social critic, and a previous reporter for the BBC
, Director of Programmes for OCCA and the UK Director for RZIM Zacharias Trust
Dr John Dickson
, Co-Founder of the Centre for Public Christianity
, Lead Pastor of Hillsong Australia
and many more.
is a product of research conducted in 2011 into the religious and spiritual beliefs of modern Australians, and specifically what issues turned them off Christian faith and the Church. The series gives reasoned answers to those exploring these questions, as well as helping equip Christians to give an answer for their faith.
Topics addressed in the series include:
What about church abuse?
Doesn't science disprove God?
How can a good God allow suffering?
How can Christianity claim an exclusive way to God?
Catch a glimpse of the series by watching the trailer above.
We encourage you to purchase a copy to use as a resource for those exploring the Christian faith, or for those who want to better equip themselves to share their faith.
DVDs will be available in May 2013, but if you pre-order today, you'll receive a special discount. To find out more information and to pre-order a copy of the series, visit
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