The five candidates for the seat of Newcastle in the upcoming State election addressed the group on their policies and responded to many questions that concern the Christian constituency and the average family today.

Topics ranged from business and the environment to film classification standards and same-sex unions.

“The night was a time to inform and empower those in attendance to support the candidates who demonstrate a commitment to Christian values,” ACL NSW State Director, Joan Woods, said today. “It was also a time to honour the candidates for their desire to serve the electorate.”

ACL is one of Australia’s fastest growing lobby groups and was acknowledged by many commentators as playing a significant role in raising the profile of the Christian vote in the 2004 Federal election.

ACL began in 1996 and is a non-denominational, non-partisan lobby group representing a broad constituency of Christian supporters. ACL’s vision is to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business, and relate as a community.

Thanks to Pastor Andrew Dawkins (Belair Baptist) for hosting the Newcastle Electorate ‘Meet Your Candidate’ Forum. Thanks also to candidates Milton Caine (CDP), Michael Osborne (The Greens), Tim Crankanthorp (Labor), Steve O’Brien (Socialist Alliance) and Karen Howard (Liberal) for your time and contributions on the night. Topics discussed included school chaplaincy, disability, marriage, euthanasia, payroll tax and scripture.

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