Publications

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.

Kapunda Press publications

Book cover of Tribalism's Troubles: Responding to Rowan Williams.

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.” 

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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.”

Scott Morrison MP

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Nonsense on Stilts: rescuing human rights in Australia

“This book will disrupt the mindset that has produced a rights infrastructure that is distorted, expensive, and frequently out of step with community values.”

Chris Merritt, The Australian

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Story of Our Country: Labor’s vision for Australia

“A timely reminder of the diversity of the Labor tradition to help us consider and counter the challenges ahead.”

Jim Chalmers MP

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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.”

Bob Carr

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The Market’s Morals: responding to Jesse Norman

“ . . . the purpose of politics is not to satisfy the felt needs of any individual or generation; it is to preserve and enhance the social order in the public interest.”

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Today’s Tyrants: responding to Dyson Heydon

“Even those who are not members of religious institutions and have no particular sympathy for them ought to fear the current war on religious faith”.

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Chalice of Liberty: protecting religious freedom in Australia

“The gift of humanity is to possess something as precious as life itself... That precious gift – dignity – is at the heart of this important book.”

Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

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Brochures, booklets and pamphlets

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10 Points on Religious Persecution: an overview

“When religious freedom is undervalued, ignored, discouraged or targeted, religious persecution sometimes follows”.

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The PM Glynn Survey on Hope, Trust and Belonging

“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.”

Download the PM Glynn Survey Series 1: About the Survey [PDF, 997KB]

Download the PM Glynn Survey Series 2: Human rights: an uncertain commitment [PDF, 824KB]

Download the PM Glynn Survey Series 3: Trading off human rights [PDF, 906KB]

Download the PM Glynn Survey Series 4: Trust and confidence in institutions: Australia's system of democracy [PDF, 793KB]

Download the PM Glynn Survey Series 5: Trust and confidence in institutions: Police, justice and courts systems [PDF, 684KB]


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10 principles on religious freedom: a new perspective

“Understanding what religious freedom is and isn’t is essential if we want to have better conversations about how we disagree and how we live together.”

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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.”

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Amen: a history of prayers in Parliament

“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.”

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Upholding the Big Ideas: options for discussion

“… 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.”

Download Upholding the Big Ideas [PDF, 24KB]

Download Journey from the Heart [PDF, 124KB]

Download Hearing indigenous Voices [PDF, 251KB]

Download Makarrata [PDF, 135KB]

Download A Fuller Declaration of Australia’s Nationhood [PDF, 113KB]


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