Make it Count

Last Thursday evening the Australian Christian Lobby presented Make it Count, an opportunity for Australian Prime Minister, John Howard and Leader of the Opposition, Kevin Rudd to address Christian voters ahead of a Federal Election later this year.

98.5 Sonshine FM is hosting the audio of the event so if you missed it you can still hear what both sides of politics had to say about their policies in relation to Christian voters. One of these men will be elected as our Prime Minister for the next few years by the end of 2007 so it’s important that we hear what they have to say on a range of issues.

You can hear John Howard’s address here and Kevin Rudd’s here. Mr Howard’s question and answer session is here and Mr Rudd’s is here.

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Ross was at the event and was to ask both men a question about Australia’s indigenous communities. Unfortunately time ran out before he had the opportunity.

Today Ross and I discussed how both men handled the opportunity and discussed the questions that didn’t get asked at the forum. You can hear our discussion by clicking here.

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It’s a long way from becoming a reality but it’s a lot closer than it’s ever been. is an Australian tourism company which has just committed twenty million dollars to the formation of an Australian Tour de France team. While many Australians have done very well in the event for many years, including Cadel Evans with his second place this year, we’ve never had an Australian team.

The plan is to attract prominent Australian cyclists like Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwan, Michael Rogers Stuart O’Grady, Baden Cook and Simon Gerrans.

Cycling Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport are all behind the idea. Extensive talks have also been held with federal Minister of Sport, George Brandis, Fran Bailey, the Minister for Tourism, and key members of Tony Abbott’s health ministry staff.

You can read more of the details in this story at The Australian or check out the Media Clippings at the Press Centre.

I don’t think they’ll be calling me anytime soon to go riding with them but it’d be great to see an Aussie team taking on the world’s greatest annual sporting event.

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