In what is believed to be a Tasmanian first, the leaders of the two major political parties have agreed to speak live to Christians across the State.
To be held just over a month before the State election, ‘Make it Count Tasmania’ is expected to draw a large number of Christians from a range of denominations to hear from Premier David Bartlett and Opposition Leader Will Hodgman.
‘Make it Count Tasmania’ will be hosted by the Tasmanian office of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at the University of Tasmania (Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay) from 7.30 pm on Monday February 15, with a live webcast to Launceston, Devonport, Burnie and Smithton. Prominent Christian leaders attending the event will also have the opportunity to ask questions of both Mr Bartlett and Mr Hodgman, after their separate addresses.
ACL Tasmanian Director Nick Overton said the staging of the event follows on from the successful Federal ‘Make it Count’ event held in August 2007, which saw 80,000-100,000 Christians across Australia watch John Howard and Kevin Rudd address Christians through a live webcast. Similar events have also been held prior to the Northern Territory, West Australian and ACT elections.
“This is a unique chance for Christians to hear first-hand from the Premier and the Opposition Leader about why they think they should be endorsed to lead our State, 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 Tasmania that engenders an increasingly moral and caring society.”
Mr Overton urged church leaders and Christians across Tasmania to get involved in the event and to help shape how the State is governed.
“This is 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,” he said.
Mr Overton said the Hobart event will be webcast live to the following venues:
Launceston – Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside
Devonport – Gateway Church, 100 Don Road
Burnie – Romaine Park Christian Centre, Blackwood Parade
Smithton – Circular Head Christian School, 48 Nelson Street
Bookings are essential for the Hobart venue, but are not required for all other venues. Christians are urged to visit www.tasvotes.org/bookings to secure a ticket as soon as possible, as seats are limited. (There is a small cost for Hobart tickets, with payment to be made at the door, to help cover event costs).
In addition to this, the ACL will be running some Meet Your Candidate Forums in local electorates prior to the election. For more details go to www.tasvotes.org.
‘Make it Count Tasmania’: Premier and Opposition Leader to address Christian voters
Tuesday, 2 February 2010, 9:20 (EST)