Projects and Programs

The PM Glynn Institute's brief is to contribute to deeper thinking and renewed conversations about important issues facing the Catholic community and Australian society, and to develop well-supported, practical and achievable proposals to address them.

The institute's work is centred on three major work streams that aim to provide a clear-eyed, evidence-based survey of the political and sociological landscape, and the opportunities and challenges for the years ahead.

The institute also manages targeted projects. The goal is to bring visibility to evidence and perspectives that may have been overlooked, in a way which contributes to a positive and respectful public debate. This is especially important on issues where there are deeply held concerns on all sides.

The work of the institute ranges from developing research papers that map the landscape and highlight public policy questions, to discussion papers developing appropriate public policy responses to these questions, and detailed policy initiatives for consideration by government, not-for-profits and business.

Latest Projects

Finishing Up Business: What we can learn from Australia’s First Peoples about dying and death

Shadow of the Cross: Catholic social teaching and Australian politics

Neither Sword Nor Shield: religious freedom in principle and legislation

Buraadja: the Liberal Case for National Reconciliation

Building social cohesion and community engagement in Australian schools

Speaking of suffering: towards a conversation about death and dying

So help me God: a history of oaths in office

Seal of confession: the public interest in confidential communications

Faith's Place: Democracy in a Religious World  

A Snapshot of Palliative Care Services in Australia

The PM Glynn Survey on hope, trust and belonging

Religious Freedom

10 points on Religious Persecution: an overview

Chalice of Liberty: protecting religious freedom in Australia

ACU’s submission to the Commonwealth’s first exposure draft legislation for a Religious Discrimination Bill

Indigenous Policy work

Anchoring our Commitment in the Constitution: finding common ground

Recognition in keeping with the Constitution: a worthwhile project

Upholding the Big Ideas: options for discussion

The PM Glynn Monograph Series

The New Social Contract: Renewing the liberal vision for Australia

Story of Our Country: Labor’s vision for Australia

Abbott’s Right: the conservative tradition from Menzies to Abbott

Other projects

Nonsense on Stilts: rescuing human rights in Australia 

Tribalism's Troubles: responding to Rowan Williams

The PM Glynn Survey on hope, trust and belonging

ACU School Leavers Program

Federation’s Man of Letters: Patrick McMahon Glynn

The Market’s Morals: responding to Jesse Norman

Amen: a history of prayers in Parliament

Today’s Tyrants: responding to Dyson Heydon

Rules of Engagement: from culture wars to reasonable disagreement

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