1 April 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven will join legal studies Professor Frank Brennan and Canberra Social Work PhD student Christine King at the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in Canberra this month.Professor Craven, one of Australia’s most noted authorities on constitutional and public law, will contribute to the forum on the future of Australian governance, representing New South Wales. Professor Brennan, a prominent Indigenous rights and social justice advocate and professor in ACU’s Institute of Legal Studies, and Ms. King, co-chair of the Stolen Generations Alliance and the founding chair of the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers, will contribute to the discussion on the future of Indigenous Australia, representing Victoria and ACT respectively.
All three participants are honoured to represent ACU and welcome the opportunity to bring the strong Catholic intellectual tradition to the table, with its emphasis on social responsibility.
“The Prime Minister’s Summit is an outstanding opportunity to work together to shape a better long-term future for all Australians,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Craven said. “I am proud to be able to draw upon the substantial research and academic rigour of ACU in contributing to these vital discussions. As a national and public institution, Australian Catholic University has been a positive force for social change and public intellectualism for nearly two decades, and I am glad to see that being recognised.“
Professor Brennan said he was delighted as a non-indigenous Australian to be able to engage with some of the nation's most respected indigenous leaders to reflect on ways forward.
"Now that our Parliament has apologised and there has been an acknowledgment of the good and the bad in past church interventions in Aboriginal communities, it is time for respectful and realistic dialogue about possibilities for the future," Professor Brennan said.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.