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A journalist by profession, Lyle began his career working for regional and farming newspapers in Queensland. He was later appointed Group Commodities Editor for Rural Press Limited, based in Melbourne. After six years in journalism, Lyle returned to his home town of Toowoomba to serve on the pastoral team at Toowoomba City Church.
In 2000, he was elected to the Toowoomba City Council and was re-elected in 2004. He contested to the 2006 Queensland State election as a candidate for the National Party but was not successful. After a short stint as a political advisor to Queensland Senators Ron Boswell and Barnaby Joyce, Lyle was approached to apply for the position of Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby. In 2007 he and his family moved to Canberra where he served in this position for the next six years. In 2013 he was appointed Managing Director of ACL. Lyle is married to Wendy and they have four children.
Australian Christian Lobby is a movement of 100,000 people who are passionate to see a more just and compassionate society. ACL operates nationally with a dedicated team of advocates bringing a Christian perspective to public policy and political discourse.
Karina Okotel is a Vice President of both the Federal and Victorian Divisions of the Liberal Party. She is a Senior Civil Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid and has also worked in the international aid sector.
Karina was elected to Glen Eira City Council in 2012 and served as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor until April 2016 before running as a Victorian Senate Candidate for the Liberal Party in 2016.
Karina has volunteered extensively both locally and overseas on the Thai-Myanmar border and in Uganda where she met her husband, David. David and Karina have three children aged three, two and eight weeks.