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The Hon Robert McClelland's speech at the ACL National Conference 2012
· October 17, 2012 11:00 AM
The Hon Robert McClelland MP is the Labor Federal Member for Barton (NSW) and the former Attorney-General of Australia. He spoke at ACL's National Conference 2012 about the federal government's review of anti-discrimination law. Click
The Hon Robert McClelland on The Political Spot
· October 16, 2012 11:00 AM
Robert McClelland has been the Labor Member for Barton since 1996, and was Attorney-General of Australia from 2007 to 2011. He spoke at the Australian Christian Lobby's National Conference about the federal government's review of anti-discrimination law. Here are some highlights of his speech. Click
to listen to the whole speech.
Christians won't vote for atheist leaders: research' - by Grant Power
· October 15, 2012 11:00 AM
Grant Power provides an interesting perspective on the Christian vote in an article published in Crikey today entitled 'Christians won't vote for atheist leaders: research.'
Tony Abbott is a Christian. Did you know that? Perhaps it slipped your notice when he condemned boat people as “un-Christian” for using the back door, or when he told the Australian Christian Lobby that “our civilisation is inconceivable without the influence of Christian faith”, or insisted that Bible classes in schools should be compulsory.
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ACL National Conference a huge success
· October 10, 2012 11:00 AM
ACL's National Conference - which took place last weekend in Canberra - was the best one yet. Delegates were privileged to have such a high calibre of speakers from which to draw and learn from; Shadow Families Minister Kevin Andrews, former attorney-general Robert McClelland and Professor Greg Craven were amongst other professionals who spoke on the issue of
Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy.
Mr Andrews spoke of the importance of preserving the traditional construct of marriage, in light of his new book entitled 'Maybe, I Do.' He highlighted the successful conclusion of the marriage debate in Parliament and said that most MPs would now take the view that this issue has been settled for some period of time.
Mr McClelland addressed delegates on the deterioration in the quality of political debate, declaring it as "un-Australian". He spoke of the importance of renewing a sense of decency and respect in political circles, and that this is truly what the Australian people want to see from their politicians.
Political editor of
newspaper Dennis Shanahan spoke also on the nature of political journalism and what this means for religious freedom.
Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, gave a memorable address in which he explored the historical and cultural challenges that now face freedom of religion in a secular democracy.
For all those who attended, we hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable and engaged time. It was a privilege having you share in this wonderful occasion.
Podcasts of the speakers' addresses will be available on our website shortly for those who were unable to attend.
Nick Jensen on Open House
· September 25, 2012 10:00 AM
Open House is a three-hour talk show airing across Australia on Sunday nights, exploring life, faith and culture from Christian perspective. Nick Jensen, the Programme Manager of The Lachlan Macquarie Internship, spoke to Leigh Hatcher on Open House last Sunday about the program and how he's working to instil a Christian worldview in tomorrow's leaders. He also spoke on the importance of Christianity in world politics, particularly in raising up people of value, integrity and faith to shape the way public policy is formed.
To listen to Nick's interview, click
For more information on The Lachlan Macquarie Internship and to apply, please visit the
Senator Ron Boswell on The Political Spot
· September 25, 2012 10:00 AM
Senator Ron Boswell recently announced he plans to retire from the senate after his current term ends in 2014, having served for 31 years. He spoke with the ACL's Daniel Simon about his time as a senator.
The World Congress of Families invites you to join them in Sydney in 2013
· September 24, 2012 10:00 AM
The World Congress of Families (WCF) invites you to join them next year in Sydney to explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society.
The WCF seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.
It was founded in 1997 by Dr Allan Carlson of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society in the US. Every few years, it holds an event focused on intense teaching, learning, networking and exchange as those who seek to strengthen and promote the natural family tackle some of the most complex issues affecting family life today. It attracts some 1,000 to 3,000 participants with a broad range of the world's major speakers on the family including leaders in politics, religion and sociology.
The WCF has been successfully hosted in places such as Prague, Geneva, Mexico City and Warsaw, and will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney 2013.
We encourage you to show your support for keeping the natural family unit intact by attending this important event.
Details are as follows:
15-18 May, 2013
Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW
GET AN ADDITIONAL 20% OFF ADVERTISED REGISTRATION FEES BY USING THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONAL CODES WHEN YOU REGISTER:
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WA Director Letter to Supporters - September 2012
· September 14, 2012 10:00 AM
The Western Australia Director, Rhys Vallance, letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
The past few weeks have certainly flown by! My time has been spent visiting churches, meeting with politicians and showing this great state of ours to staff from over East.
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Tas Labor sacrifices integrity in capitulation to the Greens
· August 30, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tasmanian Labor has trashed its integrity by breaking its election promise on marriage as it continues its capitulation to the Greens, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Labor had clearly promised the Christian constituency before the 2010 election that it would not seek to introduce same-sex marriage ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said.
“We are seeing the toxic influence of the Greens in Tasmania and Federally as they push their agenda without regard to Labor’s election promises and even the personal promise of the Prime Minister.
“Politics is at a new low when constituencies cannot rely on the promises made by a major political party during an election campaign.”
Mr Brown praised the Tasmanian Liberals for sticking to their election promise.
“The integrity shown by the Liberals is to be commended and I’m sure will not be lost on the Christian constituency and the wider Tasmanian community when it comes election time next year.
ACL commended the courage and integrity of Labor MP Michael Polley who cross the floor and voted against same-sex ‘marriage’.
MR: Tas bill not ‘marriage equality’, it is cruel politics creating ‘marriage apartheid’
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
The Green-Labor same-sex marriage bill tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament yesterday does not provide so called ‘marriage equality’, it creates an entirely different legal arrangement called ‘same-sex marriage’.
The Australian Christian Lobby said the Greens, Labor and Tasmanian gay activists were playing cruel politics with the hopes of the very small number of same-sex attracted Australians who might want to get ‘married’.
“What was tabled yesterday is not marriage, it is an entirely different legal concoction,” ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said.
“The four bills in the Federal Parliament sought to change the definition of marriage but the Tasmanian bill creates a type of marriage apartheid with its own same-sex marriage celebrants who are different to real marriage celebrants.
“This is most likely because there are obvious constitutional issues with a State trying to legislate in an area of Commonwealth responsibility.”
Mr Brown said the tabling of this bill showed that the agenda of the Green-Labor Government and Tasmanian gay activists was not ‘marriage equality’ in Tasmania, it was about keeping alive the same-sex marriage campaign in order to put pressure on the Federal Parliament.
“This bill has been rushed seemingly to coincide with the four marriage bills being debated in the Federal Parliament, which have already made a farce of it and are most likely heading for defeat.
“It is a shame that the Parliament of Tasmania is being cynically manipulated in this way,” Mr Brown said.
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