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ACL's Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about Make it Count 2013 Election Panel webcast
· July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the ACL's Managing Director. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about the upcoming Make it Count 2013 Election Panel webcast ACL is organising in the lead up to the federal election. Audio
ACL's Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot about PNG solution to boat arrivals
· July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses the Prime Minister's PNG solution to boat arrivals. Read the ACL's related media release
Interested in a career in public policy? Consider the Lachlan Macquarie Internship
· 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.
Generous scholarships are available which cover most of the course costs.
Applications are now open for the August intake. To find out more information and to apply go to
The Lachlan Macquarie Internship graduation
· November 28, 2012 11:00 AM
[caption id="attachment_23178" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace with one of the graduates, Rebekah Faith from Sydney."]
Last Saturday, November the twenty-sixth, the Lachlan Macquarie Internship graduated its third group of alumni. This program is designed by the ACL to help develop leaders looking to impact public policy, and this event was the finale of an intensive fourteen weeks of study, networking, workshops and experience in political offices.
Family and friends flew from all over the country to encourage and support these future leaders in what God was calling them to. The highlights included speeches from Jim Wallace, the managing director of ACL, and Tony McLellan, the chairman of the ACL board. Grant Dusting gave the final speech based on his concluding essay, articulating the need for a shared restoration of the common good in discussing policy. All in all it was a beautiful day, very worthy of the sacrifice these interns have given for principled public leadership in our nation.
The next internship begins in February 2013, and applications are still being accepted while there are scholarships available.
to learn more.
Hear Rebekah Faith’s thoughts on the LMI in a
five minute radio interview
Reviving the Common Good: Embracing Diversity to Achieve a Better Society for All
A paper by Grant Dusting, who graduated from LMI last week
, Plato’s most well-known piece of literature and perhaps one of the most influential books of political philosophy ever written, Plato records his mentor Socrates’ challenge to Thrasymachus, a colleague who advocated the popular belief at that time: that justice is merely what is advantageous to the stronger.
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Nick Jensen on The Political Spot
· November 20, 2012 11:00 AM
Nick Jensen is the Director of the
Lachlan Macquarie Internship
. He spoke with the ACL's Daniel Simon about the current internship, now in its last week, and the vision behind the 14-week intensive worldview training programme.
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
Lachlan Macquarie Internship Manager talks to Open House
· August 23, 2012 10:00 AM
Nick Jensen (left) is the Manager of the
Lachlan Macquarie Internship
and will be speaking to Open House's Leigh Hatcher on Sunday, August 26th. The Open House program is broadcast on Christian radio stations between 8 and 11pm. Tune into your local Christian radio station to hear about the internship program and it's purpose or alternatively
MR: ACL releases Labor’s response to election policy questionnaire
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby today released NT Labor’s written response to a policy questionnaire ahead of this week’s Northern Territory election.
ACL’s policy questionnaire sought all parties’ views on a range of issues of concern to the Christian constituency ahead of Saturday’s election. Only the Labor Party responded.
Labor’s response has been published on the ACL’s election website www.ntvotes.org.au along with audio from Terry Mills’ recent address to Christians and church leaders in Darwin, which Chief Minister Paul Henderson did not attend.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said while he was glad Labor had replied, the content of their answers was disappointing. “Many Christians will be attracted to Labor’s positions on some social justice issues like homelessness and indigenous affairs,” Mr Wallace said.
“However their position on a number of important social issues leaves a lot to be desired.
“Labor’s position on issues such as human trafficking, same-sex marriage, adoption and surrogacy, as well as human rights will disappoint many Christians.
“Win or lose, I hope after Saturday’s election the Labor Party will try harder to engage with and earn the support of the Christian constituency.”
Mr Wallace said ACL was also disappointed that the Country Liberal Party has not yet provided a response to this questionnaire, however acknowledged Terry Mills for making the time recently to address Christians at a forum organised by ACL.
The Australian Christian Lobby is a non-party partisan organisation seeking to bring a Christian influence to politics. During election campaigns, ACL seeks to help inform and activate Christians that they may vote for candidates and parties who will advance a more moral, just and compassionate society.
Labor’s response to ACL’s policy questionnaire and an audio recording of Terry Mills’ address to Christians can be found at www.ntvotes.org.au.
MR: ACL welcomes PM speaking at ACL conference
· August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby is privileged to have the Prime Minister speak at its National Conference but has expressed disappointment at the ongoing campaign of demonisation from the homosexual lobby of anyone who does not line up with its agenda.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace rejected suggestions that the Prime Minister should not participate in the conference on Saturday the 6th of October and said it was natural that she would want to speak to Australia’s Christian constituency, which is a large one by any political standards.
“The Prime Minister’s engagement is part of the political process and Australian Christians represented in the community should have a right to expect that the PM would want to address them,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace said the ACL has a habit of alternately inviting one of the leaders of the major parties as a political guest for each National Conference.
“The theme of this year’s conference is on Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy and we look forward to hearing from the Prime Minister on this important value in society,” he said.
Mr Wallace rejected the assertion that people are extremist because they believe in marriage between a man and a woman.
“Today’s attack on ACL by gay activists is typical of the relentless demonisation of anyone from Gloria Jean’s to the Salvation Army and Chick-fil-A in the United States who support or are perceived to support marriage remaining between a man and a woman.”
Mr Wallace also rejected suggestions that the ACL has not advocated for eradication of poverty or homelessness.
“The ACL is on the record for supporting mandatory pre-commitment technology for pokie machines, refugee reform and meeting the millennium development goals which help address these issues in public policy,” he said.
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