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National award recognises advocates for the family

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An Adelaide couple have become the first South Australians to receive the National Award for Life presented by the Knights of the Southern Cross (Australia) for their work in establishing and running Family Voice Australia.

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Dr David and Mrs Roslyn Phillips have been recognised for their work in helping to establish and run Family Voice Australia over the past 40 years. The Christian advocacy group promotes ‘family values in the light of the wisdom of God’ and ‘the family as the basic unit of life in society’.

They were presented their national award in January by KSC State chairman Ian Fleetwood and Brian Cooper, the Supreme Knight of Australia.

Mr Fleetwood said the national award recognised the efforts of “an extraordinary couple”.

“Their combined work over many years showcase their depth, quality and commitment to the core values of life based on their Christian faith,” he said.

“Their engagement in public policy/social debate is based on Christian moral principles, well researched scholarship and accurate information. David’s book Courage in a Hostile World (The story of Family Voice Australia) is testament to this.

“As committed Christians, the advocacy in social policy debate has been described as a ministry in response to Christ’s invitation to be His witnesses in the world.

“They exemplify the vocation of the lay apostolate, motivated by Christ to live the Gospel, using their talents and gifts building a moral and fully human society based on respect for the individual and family life,” Mr Fleetwood added.

In its 29-year history the award has been presented by the Knights on only eight occasions. The first was in 1993 to the former Western Australian Health Minister, the Hon Keith Wilson for his stand on reproductive technology and the use of birth control by young people.

Mr Fleetwood said any Australian resident could be nominated for the award by a member of the Knights of the Southern Cross.

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