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

The Place of Religion in the School Curriculum

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

Religious Freedom and Religion in Public life

The Institute has developed a number of resources that approach religious freedom both as a human right in need of legal protection and as a philosophical concept requiring political attention. Its work also encompasses the place of religion in public life in Australia.

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Indigenous Policy work

Buraadja: the Liberal Case for National Reconciliation  

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

Palliative and End of Life Care

Submission on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (NSW), with analysis of palliative care workforce in regional and remote New South Wales

The Reframing of Hope in Palliative Care (PDF, 1.4MB)

Speaking of suffering: towards a conversation about death and dying

A Snapshot of Palliative Care Services in Australia 

The PM Glynn Survey on hope, trust and belonging

The 2018 PM Glynn Survey on hope, trust and belonging

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

The PM Glynn Lecture on Religion, Law and Public Life

Tribalism's Troubles: responding to Rowan Williams

The Market’s Morals: responding to Jesse Norman

Today’s Tyrants: responding to Dyson Heydon

Other projects

ACU School Leavers Program

Building social cohesion and community engagement in Australian schools 

Nonsense on Stilts: rescuing human rights in Australia 

Federation’s Man of Letters: Patrick McMahon Glynn

Rules of Engagement: from culture wars to reasonable disagreement

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