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.
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.
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
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