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‘Make it count’: Howard and Rudd to speak live to Christians across the nation

The leaders of Australia’s two major political parties have agreed to speak live to Christians across the nation.

Christians will gather in their churches on 9 August to watch a live web-cast of Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd addressing church leaders.

‘Federal Election 2007 – Make it Count’ will be hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the National Press Club in Canberra on 9 August from 7 pm – 9.30 pm (EST).

Around 200 church, para-church and denominational leaders will travel to Canberra for the event, which will include an opportunity for them to ask questions of both Mr Howard and Mr Rudd, after their separate talks.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader’s addresses and the question sessions will be web-cast simultaneously to congregations meeting in locations throughout Australia.

“This is a unique chance for Christians to hear first-hand from the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader about why they think they should be endorsed to lead our nation, and to hear their responses to questions from church leaders.

“We need to be influencing all political parties to develop well-considered policy initiatives and a vision for Australia that engenders an increasingly moral and caring society.”

Mr Wallace said that participating churches will need to register prior to the event through the ACL website at www.acl.org.au.  The website also provides full details about the event and technical information for receiving the web-cast.

Churches without the technical capacity to take part in the web-cast should consider joining with other local churches in their community for the night.  Details of participating churches in different locations will also be placed on the ACL website.