Christian lobby pits Howard versus Rudd

The Australian Christian Lobby is planning a debate between Prime Minister John Howard and challenger Kevin Rudd to be webcast live next month as the battle for the nation's Christian constituency hots up with a looming Federal election.

In what the lobby claims to be an Australian first, the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader will address a group of church, para-church and denominational leaders in Canberra next month.

According to the lobby's managing director, Jim Wallace, the aim of the debate is to show that the Christian constituency is "a discerning one that expects to see high standards in our next parliament and its public policy."

"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 in an earlier statement.

The format of the debate will include questions from church leaders.

Mr Wallace says he hope all churches will be able to participate, and use the event as a platform to pray for the election.

The debate, to be held on 9 August, will be broadcasted live via a special website (www.australiavotes.org), but individual churches need to register to participate.

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