The former head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, has been picked by NSW MP Fred Nile to replace him in state parliament when the latter retires.
Nile, the founder of the Christian Democratic party, announced late last night that he would retire this November from his role as a member of the Legislative Council.
Nile recommended that Shelton, one of the leaders of the no campaign during the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite, take his place and this was “unanimously” approved by the party’s state board.
“The need for unashamedly Christian voices in public life has only increased in recent years and I can think of no one better than Mr Shelton to carry this forward,” Nile said.
Shelton said he was “honoured that Rev Nile and the CDP state board have recommended that I succeed him in the NSW parliament and lead the party into the future”.
After leaving the ACL in 2018, Shelton worked as the federal communications director of Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives, which was deregistered a year later by Bernardi after winning no seats at the federal election.
Nile was first elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 1981 and is the longest-serving current sitting member of the parliament.