The Kapunda Press is the institute’s imprint, published in association with Connor Court Publishing. Among his many other roles, Patrick McMahon Glynn was the editor of the Kapunda Herald from 1883-91, and an engraved letter from the paper’s original masthead serves as the publisher’s mark for the Kapunda Press. In addition to the books of the Kapunda Press, the institute’s publications include brochures, pamphlets, lectures, discussion papers, occasional papers, and reports on policy issues.
Catholic social teaching had a venerable influence on Australian political history, but does it still have anything to offer? Greg Craven argues that it remains an important resource for addressing the central challenges of Australian politics. Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Frank Brennan SJ, Philip Booth and Sandie Cornish offer their own thoughts in response about what Catholic social teaching brings to policymaking.
Tribalism's Troubles: responding to Rowan Williams
“Beyond political tribalism lie a deeper literacy about our histories, a commitment to identifying the grammar of a common language, and the work of negotiating a shared future by looking for solutions that have a degree of durability and credibility even if they are no-one’s ideal.”
The New Social Contract: Renewing the liberal vision for Australia
“From Menzies’s ‘forgotten people’ and the ‘Howard battlers’ to today’s ‘quiet Australians’, the Liberal Party has always sought to represent the breadth of aspiration in Australian life. We do this as Liberals through what John Howard celebrated as our broad church bringing together classic liberal and conservative traditions. Tim Wilson challenges us to reflect on the philosophical timbers that build modern Australia and to see how liberalism might be shaped in the 2020s. This book prods, stirs and challenges us but ultimately asks us to think about how we will leave future generations of Australians a country that is prosperous, fairer, and where the bonds between us all are strengthened.”
Federation’s Man of Letters: Patrick McMahon Glynn
“This biographical study is both delight and revelation. Here was a Federation-era politician on the right side of so many issues, bold enough to advocate humane treatment of the Chinese in the Australian colonies and to urge free-trade rather than protection. As early as 1898 he saw the day when “the centre of the world struggle is being shifted west to east” and England may not be able to protect Australia. He was the one Catholic in the leadership of the non-Labor Parties; by any test as thoughtful and learned a politician as we ever had.”
Finishing Up Business: What we can learn from Australia’s First Peoples about dying and death
Australia has 65,000 years of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge that remains undervalued when approaching issues in our contemporary society. One of these issues is our approach to dying and death.
The common law’s approach to religious freedom as a fundamental right should be the starting point for considering how best to protect it in legislation, so it can continue to be enjoyed by all Australians
Neither Sword Nor Shield: religious freedom in principle and legislation
“Religious freedom will continue to be a controversial issue in Australia, and for this reason it is important to strive for an informed and reasonable approach to the discussion that does not collapse into mere ideology or partisanship.”
“The PM Glynn Survey is a biennial survey on Australian attitudes to hope, trust and belonging. It is aimed at investigating the underlying attitudes and concerns that shape responses to current political, social and ethical issues and their implications for Australian society.”
Recognition in keeping with the Constitution: a worthwhile project
“A body that has the capacity to speak to the Parliament on behalf of Indigenous people should be of advantage to Parliament and, through it, the nation. But it will also, in a practical way, bind Indigenous people.”
“In the cut and thrust of political life, it is easy to forget that the ritual of Parliament recognises these ancient traditions each day. This pamphlet contains a brief account of part of that ritual: prayers in Parliament.”
“… how ensuring Indigenous voices are heard by Australia’s legislators, establishing a process for makarrata, and adopting a declaration of recognition can help Indigenous Australians take responsibility for their destiny and bring the country together.”