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.
Julian Leeser MP delivered the Greg Craven Lecture in Melbourne on 11 October 2023. Mr Leeser's lecture, "The Choices before Australia" discussed several pressing issues, including the need for a strong and confident Catholic voice in public debate.
A summary of some selected key findings from the 2022 PM Glynn Survey on Hope, Trust and Belonging was published in June. Further papers providing details of the survey findings on a range of topics will be published in the coming months.
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.
The institute’s publications include brochures, pamphlets, lectures, discussion papers, occasional papers, and reports on policy issues, as well as books and monographs published under its own imprint, the Kapunda Press, in association with Connor Court Publishing.