PM Glynn Institute

Public policy for the common good

As ACU’s public policy think tank, the institute’s brief is to contribute to deeper thinking and new conversations about important issues confronting the Catholic community and Australian society, to help renew and strengthen our life in common.

Cover of Shadow of the Cross.


Our new book discussing Catholic social teaching and public policy featured in The Australian on 25 September, with excerpts from essays by Greg Craven, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. Other contributors include Sandy Cornish, Philip Booth, and Frank Brennan SJ. The book is the latest in the PM Monograph Series about the major political traditions of Australia, following earlier books on conservatism, social democracy and liberalism.

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Our work streams

The institute’s work is centred on three major work streams: Democracy in a Religious World; The End of Human Rights?; and Strengthening Hope, Renewing Confidence. The aim is to provide a clear-eyed, evidence-based survey of the political and sociological landscape, and the opportunities and challenges for the years ahead.

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Our projects

The institute also undertakes a range of stand-alone projects to highlight evidence and perspectives which can be overlooked in the discussion of contentious issues, such as religious freedom, palliative care and euthanasia, Indigenous recognition, and social cohesion, trust and belonging in Australia.

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