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‘Off the Cuff’ with Lyle Shelton

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — A journalist by profession, Lyle Shelton initially worked in rural journalism as a roving reporter in Queensland and then Victoria. In 2000, Lyle was elected to Toowoomba City Council. He was re-elected in 2004 and unsuccessfully contested the 2006 Queensland state election. After a short stint as a political adviser in federal politics, Lyle was appointed in 2007 as Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby, based in Canberra. He served in this role for six years before being appointed Managing Director in May 2013. He led the ‘No’ campaign during Australia’s 2017 same-sex marriage survey debate. In February 2018, he resigned from ACL to join the Australian Conservatives as federal communications director. He chatted to JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … red wine

My first job was … shovelling chook manure

My most annoying habits are … singing in the presence of others

A clear childhood memory is … sitting on my dad’s lap while attempting to steer the tractor

What makes me nervous is … speaking to people who do not agree with my values

The best advice my parents gave me was … it doesn’t matter how poor you are, you can always keep your shoes polished

If I weren’t Federal Communications Director for the Australian Conservatives I’d be … a journalist

I’m most thankful for … my wife Wendy

My favourite meal is … Thai cashew chicken with coconut rice

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … cucumber

A song that resonates is … ‘Working Class Man’ by Jimmy Barnes

A book I love is … The Great War by Les Carlyon

If I were a dog, I’d be a … Staffy / Kelpie cross

My ‘happy place’ is … my BBQ area

My most embarrassing memory is … spilling red wine on the white shirt of the president of the Downs Club

My hidden skill is … composing Tweets

It’s a bit corny, but I love … my RM boots

I’m most at peace when … I’m out jogging

The country I’d love to visit … Belgium

Favourite quote … “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

Martin Luther King Jnr

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