In what is believed to be a West Australian first, the State’s Deputy Premier and Opposition Leader are to both address Christians live at a special event in Perth.
To be held just three days before the election, ‘Make it Count WA’ is expected to draw up to 1,000 Christians from a wide range of denominations to hear from WA Deputy Premier Eric Ripper and WA Opposition Leader Colin Barnett.
‘Make it Count WA’ will be hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the Burswood Grand Ballroom, Great Eastern Highway, from 7 pm on Wednesday September 3.
Nominated Christian leaders attending the event will also have the opportunity to ask questions of both Mr Ripper and Mr Barnett, after their addresses.
ACL WA Director Michelle Pearse said the staging of the event follows on from the successful Federal ‘Make it Count’ event held last August, which saw 80,000-100,000 Christians across Australia watch John Howard and Kevin Rudd address Christians through a live webcast.
“This is a unique chance for Christians to hear first-hand from the Deputy Premier and the Opposition Leader about why they think their parties should be endorsed to govern our State, and to hear their responses to questions from church leaders.”
“We urge church leaders and Christians throughout Perth to get involved in this event and help shape how our State is governed. It is crucial that large numbers of Christians take part in this event if we want to really make the Christian vote count.”
Mrs Pearse said that Make it Count WA provides a valuable opportunity to highlight the importance of the Christian constituency in the lead-up to the election and to ensure that the Christian influence has maximum impact.
“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 WA will make a vital contribution to this process.”
Source: Australian Christian Lobby (ACL)
‘Make it Count WA’: Deputy Premier and Opposition Leader to address Christian voters
Thursday, 21 August 2008, 13:01 (EST)