20 May 2009: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Canberra Campus has announced the appointment of Professor Scott Prasser as Foundation Executive Director and Professor of the Public Policy Institute.
ACU’s Public Policy Institute was established earlier this year to serve the Church and society through advancing public policy.
The main objectives of the Institute are to:
Critique, inform and influence public policy from within a Catholic intellectual tradition, drawing on the collective knowledge of the University and its multidisciplinary research programs and projects, policy centres, and community engagement initiatives;
Concentrate its endeavours on the inter-relationships between economic, social, cultural, and human rights aspects of public policy;
Focus initially on public policy within Australia and internationally in the priority areas of the health, education, and social sectors, the dignity of human life and social inclusion;
Bring a distinctive, politically objective perspective to the public policy discourse, and engage in ethical advocacy based on the social and other teachings of the Church and the Catholic identity and mission of the University.
Professor Prasser joined ACU after serving in a number of senior lecturer roles in governance and management at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
He has extensive academic and applied research experience in wide ranging areas of public policy and has served in senior policy roles in federal and state governments.
Through collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, the Institute will ensure an approach to informing public policy based upon ethics, faith, human rights, the dignity of human life and community engagement.
Human rights advocate, Father Frank Brennan, assisted with the development of the public policy institute and is also based in Canberra.