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.

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17 August 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Neville Bonner’s swearing in as a Senator for Queensland. This was a landmark occasion in Australian history. With generous support from La Trobe Financial, ACU has commissioned a short video celebrating Bonner’s legacy as the first Aboriginal parliamentarian.

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Our latest paper in the PM Glynn Institute Occasional Paper Series, Neither Sword Nor Shield: religious freedom in principle and legislation translates the Ten Principles of Religious Freedom first published in Chalice of Liberty: protecting religious freedom in Australia into statutory drafting.

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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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