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National Others Week: 29 October to 4 November
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Global Care Australia, the social justice and relief arm of Christian Outreach Centre (COC), is launching the first annual National Others Week (NOW) as part of a campaign aimed at developing a greater awareness of, and appreciation for, the people around us in our community.
NOW will run from October 29 to November 4, and will encourage Australians to focus on other people rather than themselves for seven days.
According to Global Care, dedicating one week a year to reminding people to care for others, is a “compassionate and humane answer to the violence, materialism and selfishness of our society.”
The Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services, launched NOW in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra last Thursday, which was also attended by ACL’s Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton.
“Global Care’s motto is
‘mates helping mates’
, and during this very special week, I want to encourage people everywhere to look beyond their own four walls, and just ‘be there’ for someone else – to be a ‘mate’ to them,” Mr Andrews said.
MR: ‘Make it Count ACT’: Chief Minister and Opposition Leader to address Christian voters
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 29 August, 2012
In the lead up to the ACT election, the Territory’s Chief Minister and Opposition Leader are to address Christians at a special event in Canberra and answer questions from a range of ACT church leaders.
To be held tomorrow night, ‘Make it Count ACT’ is expected to draw in excess of 500 Christians from a wide range of denominations to hear from Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Opposition Leader Zed Seselja.
‘Make it Count ACT’ will be hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the Llewellyn Hall – ANU School of Music at 7:30 pm on Thursday August 30.
Denominational and Christian leaders attending the event will also have the opportunity to ask questions of both Ms Gallagher and Mr Seselja after their addresses.
ACL ACT Director Richard Thackway said the staging of the event follows on from successful federal ‘Make it Count’ events in 2007 and 2010, and the 2008 ACT Make it Count with Attorney-General Simon Corbell (standing in for the Chief Minister) and Zed Seselja.
“This is a unique chance for Christians to hear first-hand from the Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader about why they think their parties should attract Christian votes, and to hear their responses to questions from church leaders,” Mr Thackway said.
“The importance of the Christian vote has come to the fore in recent federal elections and is likely to be a factor in the upcoming ACT election.
“Christians today are increasingly deciding to take an interest in the political process in order to positively influence the character of our society.
“Christians tend to have a broad spectrum of concerns ranging from moral to social justice and family issues. Many Christians are looking to make an informed vote, and Make it Count ACT will make a vital contribution to this process.”
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.
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