If You Mail The Australian Christian Lobby An Envelope Full Of Glitter, They’ll Pay For the Stamp!


In fact you can mail the Australian Christian Lobby just about anything you like (although keep it classy folks), and they’ll pay for it, because as it turns out the ACL – chief opponents of marriage equality in Australia – has a ‘reply paid’ service with Australia Post. Honestly, won’t someone please think of the children….?

You might be asking, how do we know about their ‘super secret tell no-one’ reply paid service?

Late last night, ACL boss Lyle Shelton tweeted out a picture which was supposed to portray him and his organisation as the ‘victims’ in the marriage equality debate (ironically, that might just end up coming true). He included the original envelope in the photo… and right there on the front, in all its heavenly glory, is a ‘reply paid’ address for all to see.

Here’s the tweet… and note, we’ve had to blur a section of the photo out for reasons that you’re definitely going to want to know (read to the end of the article).


For those unfamiliar with a reply paid service, it means you don’t have to a put a stamp on your envelope. You just address your letter, pop it in the mail and the muppet at the other end will pick up the tab.

Speaking of which, this is what a muppet looks like. And sounds like.

As chief of staff and then CEO of the ACL, Shelton has led the push against marriage equality in Australia for almost decade, earning him the international ‘Daniel of the Year’ award from US Christian group World Magazine last year (yes, it’s a real award, no we couldn’t be arsed looking up what a ‘Daniel of the Year Award’ actually is because it we’re worried the collective IQ of the New Matilda office will actually drop if we’re exposed to it).

But here’s how World Magazine described the shocking oppression that Shelton and his flock suffer every day.

“As the marriage debate Down Under grew more intense in 2016, so did attacks on religious liberty. Gay activists took an archbishop to court for distributing a booklet, ‘Don’t Mess with Marriage.’ A printing company refused to print a doctor’s book about marriage just before the book’s scheduled launch. A Christian group’s reservation of a hotel meeting room led to threats of violence against hotel staff members. A major accounting firm forced one of its senior executives to resign from the board of a Christian organization. A state “Anti-Discrimination Commission” treated a marriage-defending newspaper column as hate speech.

Oh, the humanity.

Speaking of which, you can help send a little Lyle’s way at the following address: ‘Australian Christian Lobby, Reply Paid 83063, Deakin ACT 2600.’ A little internet sleuthing reveals at least one bright spark has already discovered it, and is way ahead of us, and Lyle.

Our advice – don’t waste your letter with just glitter. Let Shelton and his ilk know exactly what you think of their campaign to scuttle the concept of equality before the law.

And now the readers note: We blurred the photo above because it included a meme about Catholic Cardinal George Pell being an (alleged) child molester. We did so because Pell is currently before the courts, and to publish it would be in contempt of court.

Shelton, however, did publish it… on his Twitter feed. And it’s still there at the time of press. Someone might like to bring that to the attention of the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Unfortunately, they don’t have a reply paid service, but their address is ‘Melbourne Magistrates Court, GPO Box 882, Melbourne 3001.’

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Chris Graham is the publisher and editor of New Matilda. He is the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine. In more than three decades of journalism he's had his home and office raided by the Australian Federal Police; he's been arrested and briefly jailed in Israel; he's reported from a swag in Outback Australia on and off for years. Chris has worked across multiple mediums including print, radio and film. His proudest achievement is serving as an Associate producer on John Pilger's 2013 film Utopia. He's also won a few journalism awards along the way in both the US and Australia, including a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation and two Human Rights Awards. Since late 2021, Chris has been battling various serious heart and lung conditions. He's begun the process of quietly planning a "gentle exit" after "tying up a few loose ends" in 2024 and 2025. So watch this space.