CES Forum Downloads


This page attempts to bring together in one location all of the possible downloadable resources referenced on other CES pages. There are three broad categories of downloads, namely downloads resulting from CES forums, non CES events and other downloads that might be of interest. Some of the URLs may take you to other Websites.



  1. To listen/view any talks/reference material please left mouse click on the actual reference shown below. To download please right mouse click.

  2. The time taken to download material will depend on your connection bandwidth. It will take approximately 16 seconds to download a 1MB size file with a 512Kbps connection. The same size file will take approximately 4 seconds to download with a 2Mbps connection.

  3. Copyright of these recordings is retained by either the CES or the person giving the speech. You are however free to copy and distribute the recordings provide you acknowledge the source and do not charge a fee for doing so. If you have any queries please email us.

  4. A CD (ordinary music CD or MP3 format) containing the recorded  proceedings of any CES Forum can be sent to you at a cost of $5/CD. Please email us for further information.

2018 Forum Series: "Wellsprings of Hope"

"Wellsprings of Hope"
John Warhurst, Thursday 8 February, 2018

Text of Prof Warhurst's address

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome Bishop George Browning
Address (mp3, 20MB) Prof John Warhurst
Initial Comments Bishop Browning
Question 1 of Christian education in primary school with ethics
Question2 advocacy
Question3 the time ripe for change now as it was in 1972?
Question4 Australian Christian Lobby. Charter of Compassion
Question 5 of evidence based policy without losers
Comments on Address Bishop Browning
Thanks Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, ACC&C

2017 Forum Series: "Seeking our Moral Compass"

"Seeking our Moral Compass"
Fr Peter L'Estrange, Thursday 16 February, 2017

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome Rev. Dr. Thowald Lorenzen
President, CES
Introduction Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard
Father L'Estrange's address (mp3, 20MB)
Question 1 Underpayment and other new forms of slavery and where in an on-line world can we look to for guidance?
Question 2 We've moved from a world of what is right to one of what works
Question 3 The arbiter of what is private and what public morality
Question 4 Why is the church heard on some issues and why it is absent on others?
Question 5 Disjunction between rich Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Support for Trump?
Question 6 Displacement of Liberal Arts Eduation By Subjects Of Quantification
Question 7 If I begin again is it freedom or habit?
Question 8 Responding graciously to the God within each of us
Final remarks and thanks Rt Rev'd Profesor Stephen Pickard

"The Politics of Love"
Andrew Leigh, MP, Wednesday 19 April, 2017

We have a single recording of the entire session (86MB) and also separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome Emeritus Prof. Ingrid Moses
Mr Leigh's address (mp3, 18MB)
Call for questions Emeritus Prof. Ingrid Moses
Question 1 How do we nudge or economic system to foster ultruism and generosity?
Question 2 Incompatability of Growth in inequality with a politics of love
Question 3 Are trading, ownership and authority incompatible with maximization of wellbeing?
Question 4 Capacity to adjust trade to minimize inequalty and trade as a means of specialisation.
Question 5 How to get cross party consensus in a polarized political system?
Question 6 How to advocate for Diversity & Inequality without that advocacy intensifying the problem?
Question 7 Are you having success in working with colleagues to bring about a groundswell of change?
Question 8 How to apply the politics of love in dealing with proposals to move agencies from Canberra?
Question 9 On whom does blame lie for the success in Many democracies of the politics of fear, slogans and hate?
Question 10 How do you explain the irony of the correlation between inequality and lack of empathy?
Question 11 Parliamentary Vote to exercise War power?
Question 12 Incompatability of Politics of Love with Bipartisan Refugee Policy
Question 13 Detention of Refugees on Manus & Nauru as a Sacrifice to prevent others drowning.
Comment Emeritus Prof. Ingrid Moses
Final remarks and thanks Rt Rev'd Profesor Stephen Pickard
Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

"Defiant earth: the fate of humans in the Anthropocene"
Clive Hamilton, Wednesday 3 May, 2017

We have a single recording of the entire session (46MB)

"The Getting of Wisdom - a Private Faith, a Public Christian"
Kristina Keneally
Dinner forum, Thursday 17 August 2017

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome Bishop George Browning,
CES Chairman
Address Kristina Keneally
(mp3, 18MB)
Initial comments Bishop George Browning
Question 1 Hobbling of NSW ICAC - corruption
Question 2 Why in conscience vote did you say you did so on the basis of your faith?
Question 3 Which would you expect to come first: married or female priests in the Catholic Church?
Question 4 Withdrawal of services from the Church is fine as a protest but where do you move them to?
Question 5 What advice would you give to young women thinking of taking up politics?
Vote of thanks Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard,
Executive Director, ACC&C
Concluding comments Bishop George Browning

"Everyone's Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy"
Fr Frank Brennan SJ, Wednesday 18th October, 2017

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Mike Cassidy,
Archdiocesan Social Justice Commission,
Canberra & Goulburn
Introduction Dr Helen Watchirs OAM,
ACT Human Rights Commissioner
Address Fr Frank Brennan SJ
(mp3, 16MB)
Question 1 Doubling the waiting period for new start allowance from 13 to 26 weeks for those with liquid assets of $18,000 for singles and $36,000 for couples
Question 2 Taking on neoliberalism and influencing politicians
Question 3 Why don't welfare groups campaign against growing inequality?
Question 4 A fair return should be secured for finite mineral assets which belong to the nation
Question 5 Neoliberalism encourages efficiency and encourages exploitation of talents
Question 6 Calling out the need for sustainability and inclusiveness.
Question 7 Australia should have a sovereign wealth fund like the Norwegians.
Question 8 Mutual exchange and capacity building providing a bridge out of poverty?
Question 9 Alternatives to mainstream economics as ways out of poverty.
Comments and thanks Dr Helen Watchirs OAM,
ACT Human Rights Commissioner

"Seeking our Moral Compass"
Fr Peter L'Estrange, Thursday 16 February, 2017

"Diversity and Harmony: Peace & Justice in the 21st Century
a Muslim-Christian Conversation
Wednesday 15 November, 2017

We have separate audio recordings of the addresses and questions.
Introduction Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard
Executive Director, ACC&C
Opening Address Saba Awan
Opening Address Dylan Mordike
Opening Address Shan Gunawardena
Opening Address Katherine Rainger
Opening Address Omar Hashmi
Opening Address Richard Browning
Question 1 Reflections on Remarks of others and Symbols that were presented
Question 2 Particularly meaningful religious practices
Question 3 Any challenges in Christian-forums/2017/Muslim-audio/Muslim dialogue? - Same Sex Marriage
Question 4 Portrayal of religion in media
Question 5 Why haven't the great religions stood up to the market?
Conclusion Rt Rev'd Prof Stephen Pickard
Conclusion Bishop George Browning

2016 Forum Series: "Common wealth, common good"

"Post Paris: Psychology of a New World Order"
Bishop George Browning, 24 February 2016

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Bishop George Browning
Bishop Browning's address First part: Introduction
Bishop Browning's address Second part: Debt, Truth and wisdom and the biblical creation myth
Bishop Browning's address Third part: The need to Live in a Single House; to live within limits
Question 1 Paris Agreement just words. Actions of Government are inconsistent with the agreement.
Question 2 Why did you not join the Laird Forest Blockade with David Pocock and others?
Question 3 Shareholder activism and divestment from fossil fuel companies: Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
Question 4 Expression of appreciation. Likening Bishop Browning's words to those in the writing of David Gorton.
Question 5 Questioner from Clean Energy for Eternity. Need for interfaith co-operation in responding to climate change.
Question 6 Significance in terms of priorities of CSIRO cuts to climate change research and high defence spending
Introduction to Prof. Will Steffen Paul Bongiorno
Address launching book Prof. Will Steffen
Introduction to Right Rev'd. Stephen Pickard Paul Bongiorno
Address launching book Right Rev'd. Stephen Pickard
Closing Comments Paul Bongiorno

"Tax Reform: a Christian Vision"
Dr Brendan Long, 25 May 2016

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Dr Long's address (mp3, 30MB)
Comment on the Speech Bishop George Browning
Question 1 Tax reform as a challenge to economic liberalism open to be accused of playing the politics of envy or dismissed as wowserism as have been church concerns about regulation of alcohol and gambling
Question 2 What is tax, and regressive, unfair nature of broad GST
Question 3 Should we not first give attention to current distribution to those who do not need it rather than to redistribution?
Question 4 Better to use tax to nudge behaviour rather than tax everything.
Question 5 Selective taxes such as on tobacco and exemption of GST on fresh food can benefit the poor.
Question 6 Why are politicians so scared of the GST?
Question 7 Taxes should serve the environment and people. Can we be more creative with taxes like a Tobin tax?
Question 8 Impact of Capital Gains Tax and Negative Gearing
Question 9 The Level of Taxation in Australia and opponents of change
Question 10 Why do we need to raise taxes further?
Question 11 Don't tax avoidance and tax havens have a good effect?
Question 12 We should avoid taxation of the productive process
Question 13 Which countries do taxation better than Australia and why?
Conclusion Bishop George Browning

"What makes for the common good"
Frank Brennan
Dinner forum, Thursday 21 July 2016

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Bishop Stephen Pickard
Prof Brennan's address (mp3, 9MB)
Question 1 What relevance has the common good to revenue and taxation such as the reductions in taxation of multinational companies in the context of a revenue shortfall?
Question 2 Australia and Observance of the international rule of law: China and South China sea dispute and Timor Gap dispute with Timor Leste
Question 3 Why do politicians oppose the adoption of an Australian Human Rights Act?
Question 4 Common good and majority rule of democracy.
Question 5 The importance of hope in contrast to pessimism and optimism.
Question 6 How would the offer of sanctuary to refugees stand up in jurisdictions that have a human rights act?
Question 7 Securing a political consensus for closing offshore detention centres
Question 8 The impact of the number of women in positions of authority on the common good
Vote of Thanks Prof Ingrid Moses

"Strategy, not charity: why we need effective aid now"
Helen Szoke
21 September 21 July 2016

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Bishop George Browning
Dr Szoke's address (mp3, 39MB)
Comments on the Speech Bishop George Browning
Question 1 Would we better advised to address the causes of poverty, not support dictators and secure justice for Timor Leste over the Timor Gap oil resources?
Question 2 What can I do to promote change?
Question 3 With reference to Press Club Address yesterday by Christian Porter, Minister for Social Security, are you not exaggerating the problem of inequality?
Question 4 What do you know of community attitudes to overseas aid?
Question 5 What is Oxfam's attitude to basic income grants?
Question 6 Projects that engage imagination: visionary aid as opposed to charity.
Further Comments on the Speech Bishop George Browning
Vote of Thanks Kaleela Lauder

"A Place at the Table: social justice in an aging society"
Public Forum on the 2016-17 Social Justice Statement
Kevin Vassarotti, Richard Gray and Sr Colleen Clear rsj, 19 October 2016

Welcome and introduction David Hunter, vice-president, CES
Introduction Genevieve Jacobs, chair of the forum.
Address Kevin Vassarotti, Member, ACT Ministerial Advisory Coucil on Ageing
Address Richard Gray, Senior Aged Care Advisor, Catholic Health Australia.
Address Sr. Colleen Clear RSJ, Pastoral Care Team Leader, Southern Cross Care
Comments Genevieve Jacobs
Concluding comments Genevieve Jacobs & David Hunter

" Does beauty say Adieu? - The call of beauty in a disfigured world"
A performance in Four Acts on environmental degradation and climate change
Canon Graeme Garrett & Dr Jan Morgan
8 November 2016

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome Bishop George Browning, Chairman, CES
Introduction Rev Thorwald Lorenzen, President, CES
Introduction to the presentations Canon Graeme Garrett
Act I, The Pieta Dr Jan Morgan, Pastoral Care Educator
Act II, The Ocean Canon Graeme Garrett
Act III, The Sheerwater Dr Jan Morgan
Act IV, The Star Jump Canon Graeme Garrett
Question 1 Impact of technology and virtual reality and whether we Christians stand condemned for our lack of guardianship of the rest of creation
Question 2 Impact of habituation of degradation. How do we introduce appreciation of beauty in small things and revive a sense of wonderment?
Question 3 Distraction of technology in impeding people being in the present. If you were an artist what would you paint?
Question 4 How do we communicate wonderment and the appreciation of beauty to those preoccupied with survival?
Question 5 What would you write in a letter to Minister Josh Frydenberg to move him to take serious action on climate change?
Question 6 The challenge of climate change is spurring people and governments to work together.
Question 7 The image of the intrusion of alien plants in our perfect garden.
Final remarks and thanks Rev Thorwald Lorenzen

2015 Forum Series: "Equity and the Human Family"

"Free and equal! Towards a more humane society"
Reverend Dr Thorwald Lorenzen, 12 February 2015

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Bishop George Browning
Dr Lorenzen's address (mp3, 15MB)
Comment on the Speech Bishop George Browning
Question 1 If you had the opportunity, what one thing would you say to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition?
Question 2 International Charter for Compassion
Question 3 The "our" in "Our Father" refers to all human beings whatever their religion
Question 4 How should one decide which of the many worthy issues one should give attention to?
Question 5 Should one respect people of contrary views? Are our superior?
Question 6 Amplification of tension between the values of freedom and equality and impact of fear and hate
Question 7 Identifying the victim and relationship of competition to the values of freedom and equality.
Question 8 Church and support for women.
Question 9 How can we effect change in Society? Revising the paradigm of government.
Question 10 What question would you put to political leaders regarding Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders?
Question 11 Questions of Bishop Browning on your background:
What impact does you memory of World War II in Hamburg have on you?
What is you attitude to authority?
What do you believe now more fervently than you used to?
Who are your heroes?
Closing Comments Bishop Browning, stressing the serious effect of current gross inequity.

"The war on drugs: noble cause or tragic debacle?"
Dr Ken Crispin QC, 21 April 2015

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Dr Thorwald Lorenzen
Dr Crispin's address (mp3, 25MB)
Question 1 How can the transformation in community attitudes towards homosexuality inform a possible change of community attitudes on drugs?
Question 2 Avoiding commercialization of marijuana supply in Washington State
Question 3 Prohibition justifiable as an aspiration. Australia compared to Sweden
Question 4 Extent that the criminal law still applies in Portugal. Unreality of expectation that imprisonment leads to rehabilitation?
Question 5 High cost of imprisonment as a response to drug use
Question 6 Different models of regulation of drugs in context of legalization: methamphetamine/ice
Question 7 Prohibition deters children from drug use
Closing Remarks & Thanks to Speaker Bishop George Browning

"Budget Equity?"
Paul Bongiorno, 21 May 2015

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Bishop George Browning
Dr Bongiorno's address (mp3, 15MB)
Question 1 Impact of budget and Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)on Pharmaceuticals. Extent that Investor State Dispute Settlement under the TPP may undermine sovereignty. Defence spending.
Question 2 Extent Australia is mimicking America
Question 3 Why do so many people vote against their own best interest?
Question 4 How did the government get its first budget so badly wrong?
Question 5 Disconnect between Christian values of political leadership and delivery of programs to promote Christian social justice values. How can we strengthen the discourse to encourage delivery on social justice outcomes?
Question 6 Privatisation of government functions
Question 7 Why is so much attention paid to the aged and so little to the young?
Question 8 Should we argue for Christian compassion or the economic benefits of compassion?
Question 9 Australian Taxation level compared to other prosperous countries and how to promote electoral support for higher taxation
Closing Remarks Bishop George Browning
Thanks to Speaker Bishop Stephen Pickard

"Fortress Australia - myth or reality?"
Rev Tim Costello
Dinner forum, Thursday 27 August 2015

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Thorwald Lorenzen
Rev Costello's address (mp3, 69MB)
Question 1 Politicians should be reminded that the ends can never justify the means.
Question 2 Is a pathology of insecurity and deep and complex links with the U.S. and Britain a factor in Australia's attitude to the outside world?
Question 3 How can we alleviate the factors that cause people to leave their country? What support should we give to the UNHCR?
Vote of thanks Bishop George Browning

For Those Who've Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers
Wednesday 11 November 2015

Joint forum with the Catholic Social Justice Commission

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction Genevieve Jacobs
Jon Stanhope's address (mp3, 69MB)
Sister Jane Keogh's address (mp3, 118MB)
Felix Machiridza's address (mp3, 11MB)
Question 1 Jon Stanhope on why governments of both persuasions insist on secrecy
Question 2 Sr. Keogh on why the plight of asylum seekers doesn't resonate more strongly in the community
Question 3 Machiridza on the extent that meeting people face to face can break down barriers
Question 4 Bishop Browning on how Australia contributes to the flow of refugees
Question 5 Cassidy on the extent is it legitimate for the church to have a voice in refugee matters
Question 6 Keogh on the connection between unresolved reconciliation issues with indigenous Australians and our attitude to refugees
Question 7 The relevance of the National Child Protection Framework to refugee children in detention
Question 8 How is it possible to change the refugee policies of the Labor and Liberal Parties?
Question 9 Browning: See whether elimination of punitive element and just turning back the boats will still maintain deterrance
Question 10 Cassidy & Browning: Are measures of oppression beyond what is required to deter boats?
Question 11 Keogh: The Government has admitted that mandatory detetention does not deter refugees
Question 12 Machiridza: Whether Australia has a reputation in Africa as a cruel country; Red Cross instructed refer to refugees as detainees
Question 13 Stanhope & Browning: Changing policy by embarrassing politicians and the electorate
Final Remarks Genevieve Jacobs

2014 Forum Series: "Responsible Citizenship"

"Overturning Tables, Knocking off Heads of State, and Other Ways of being Responsible Christian Citizens"
Professor James Haire, 26 February 2014

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome and Introduction by Bishop George Browning, Chairman of CES
Professor Haire's address (mp3, 20MB)
Question 1 You say that Christianity is fundamentally internationalist? To what extent do you consider that national citizenship undermines international citizen particularly having regard to the huge concentration of wealth?
Question 2 Please comment on the rivalry between churches for example in the provision of welfare services and education.
Question 3 The corruption of public debate and the fiction of free market as a requisite for economic growth.
Question 4 To what extent has Government funding of service delivery suppressed the prophetic voice of the Church?
Question 5 The Church leadership is articulate and mostly effective when it comes to securing funding from Government but not on issues where there is no prospect of financial gain?
Question 6 How does Christian subversion play out for people in positions of power in the community?
Question 7 How can the radicalism inherent in all of us be released?
Conclusion by Bishop George Browning, Chairman of CES

"Ceding sovereignty in investment treaties: government of the people by foreign corporations"
Professor Thomas Faunce, 17 March 2014

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome by Bishop George Browning, Chairman of CES
Introduction by Professor Hilary Charlesworth
Professor Faunce's address (mp3, 49MB)
Question 1 Is it correct to say that Nanotechnology is "created for a reason"?
Question 2 How could Artificial Photosynthesis ever be able to have an impact on corporations the business of which is unrelated to photosynthesis?
Question 3 How can grey Nomads be brought to embrace contemplation that you say is vital?
Question 4 Are you for real? Summary of main points of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement
Question 5 How are you planning to secure funding for artificial photosynthesis?
Conclusion by Professor Hilary Charlesworth
Conclusion by Bishop George Browning, Chairman of CES

"Blinded by vision - overseas aid as shared learning"
Paul Porteous, 13 May 2014

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction by Russell Rollason
Paul Porteous's address (mp3, 48MB)
Commentary by Russell Rollason
Question 1 Would it not be of value for leaders to meditate?
Question 2 Use of the military to deliver aid?
Emergency Aid by Russell Rollason
Question 3 How can we get back to the original purpose of aid and its association with compassion?
Question 4 Please comment on the role of governance in addressing aid issues.
Conclusion by Russell Rollason
Conclusion by Bill Bush

"The Common Good: A question of style"
Professor Will Storrar, 4 July 2014

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
welcome and grace before dinner by Bishop George Browning
thanks to those who organized the evening by Bishop George Browning (with comments about the importance of public theology and strengthening the voice of public morality and ethics in the world)
Introduction of Professor Will Storrar by Rt Rev'd Prof. Stephen Pickard
Intro Question 1 Invitation to Prof. Storrar to say something of his background
Intro Question 2 Why is your centre at Princeton called "Centre of Theological Inquiry" rather than "Centre for Theological Inquiry"?
Prof Storrar's address (mp3, 31MB)
Question 1 On what role Prof. Storrar sees for non-Christians and other traditions in the revival of the apostolic approach to the common good that he advocated
Question 2 Whether the Apocalyptic and Apostolic approaches to the common lead to the same end
Question 3 How is it possible to reach a consensus on the common goods in diverse or multicultural societies such as Australia?
Question 4 To what extent are the organized churches more a problem than a help in the question promoting the common good?
Question 5 The significance of the recent decision of the Presbyterian Church in Detroit to divest itself of companies in business in the Occupied Territories.
Question 6 Will Scotland be able to contribute more to the world as an independent country than as a part of the United Kingdom?
Comments by Bishop George Browning (particularly about the debate on sexuality at the 1998 Lambeth Conference)
Address of thanks by Prof. Ingrid Moses

"Unemployment, causes, consequences & cures"
Bob Gregory & Kasy Chambers, Tuesday 30th September 2014

We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction by Bishop George Browning
Bob Gregory's address (mp3, 23MB)
Kasy Chambers's address (mp3, 23MB)
Question 1 How is it possible to gain leverage over political leaders professing to be Christians but who pursue policies of inequality and unfairness contrary to Christian values?
Question 2 Request for comments on the difficult position of landlords faced with land tax comparable to the rent received and the financial costs of bad tenants
Question 3 Absence of research evidence supporting opinions and assumptions underlying the recommendations of the Commission for Audit and decisions outlined in the Commonwealth budget papers
Question 4 Overwork and under work and the concept of sustainable employment
Question 5 Can the private sector can be relied upon to provide affordable housing and the importance of education to address unemployment?
Closing Comments by Bishop George Browning

"Striving for the best in our sporting nation: can sport be a force for social justice?"
Joe Roff and Sally Shipard, 15 October 2014

Introduction Tim Gavel
Address Joe Roff
Address Sally Shipard
Comment Tim Gavel
Unfortunately, due to technical problems, only the first part of this forum was recorded.

2013 Forum Series: "Political and economic conventional wisdom: As immoral as it is unintelligent"

"Making Faith Real in Today's World": Professor Brian Howe

This forum was held on Thursday 14 February 2013.
Here is a copy of Prof Howe's presentation (.pptx, 114kB)
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 85MB)

"Ethics and Refugees: a deplorably impoverished and cynical discourse": Professor William Maley

This forum was held on Thursday 18 April 2013.
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 82MB)

"Child Protection; Getting it Right": Mary Ivec

This forum was held on Thursday 30 May 2013.
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 70MB)

"Being a Christian in a Secular Society especially as a senior government advisor": Ted Evans

This was CES's inaugural dinner forum, held on Tuesday 13 August 2013.
We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Introduction by John Nevile, Chairman of CES
Mr Evans's address (mp3, 120MB)
Question 1 You mentioned that you became a Christian later on in life. In Treasury and Westpac how did you find operating as a Christian and how was it different from before you became a Christian?
Question 2 Australia's net indebtedness to the outside world. The moral issue is that our generation is passing on indebtedness to our children and grandchildren. Is that not something that we as Christians and members of the community should not be very concerned about? Why does Treasury never seem to have any concern about Australia's current account deficits and our net international debt position?
Question 3 what difference does it make to a public policy officer being a Christian? Did you ever feel there was a conflict between what you had to advise and your belief?
Question 4 was there a conflict in Christian leadership when you're on the board of Westpac bank which are commonly thought of to be solely driven by the profit motive in terms of Christian obligation towards the poor and disadvantaged?
Question 5 Adequacy of Australia's overseas aid efforts?
Question 6 How well has the media served us in explaining complex issues?
Question 7 Adequacy of business efforts to put more resources into the non-profit area (Business philanthropy).
Question 8 How can we get the balance right between self interest and social interest?
Question 9 On the issues that arise for government such as middle class welfare where is the voice and influence of the church and how can we make it better?
vote of thanks

"The Good Life: a community affair": Hugh Mackay

This forum was held on 27 November 2013.
We have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome by John Nevile, Chairman of CES
Introduction by Right Rev'd Stephen Pickard
Mr Mackay's address (mp3, 40MB)
Question 1 Optimism: I want to ask you about optimism. The state of things today with threats like climate change. Are we living in a perpetual state of optimism? Do you see a crashing correction happening as a result of our lifestyle and population growth being unsustainable?
Question 2 Can you explain the tension in politics between the qualities like self-control, responsibility and community appropriated by the conservative side of politics while on the other hand promoting untrammelled individualism in the economic sphere?
Question 3 How can one inculcate in children the values of the good life when these values are so much in competition with the values of the society in which they are growing up?
Question 4 How can one sustain community and meaning in community?
Question 5 Can you reflect on the pressure on parents now: whether they are strict enough or too firm?
Question 6 Does the current rise in alcohol fuel violence and sledging in cricket reflect something deeper that is going on in society?
Question 7 Do you think that the inclusion of "the pursuit of happiness" in the United States Constitution provides us some understanding of how the United States behaves in the world?
Question 8 To what extend to you consider that the churches and religion in general have contributed to and played off the Utopian complex and the pursuit of happiness?
vote of thanks

2012 Forum Series "Where Lies Happiness? Recovering Community"

"Where lies Happiness? The Christian Understanding of Contentment and Community" : Reverend Professor James Haire

This forum was held on Thursday 8 March 2012.
A copy of Professor Haire's paper is available here as .doc, 97kB and here as .pdf, 104kB

"FREEDOM to lead a life we have reason to VALUE: the social causes of HEALTH & WELLBEING": Professor Sharon Friel

This forum was held on Thursday 19 April 2012
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 144MB)
A copy of Professor Friel's slides is available here (pdf, 4.8MB)
Here and here are two articles by Prof Friel (et al) on the topic
Here is a radio talk by Sir Michael Marmot, the UK epidemiologist who proved that social status and power have a direct effect on human health
Sir Michael Marmot spoke with two ANU academics in April 2011 on the economic, social and environmental determinants of human development and health equity. The video of this talk is available through this link and an audio is here. The video link has the advantage of displaying the various charts that the speakers refer to.

How Fair is a Fair Go in Australia? The Impact of Tax and Welfare: Professor Peter Whiteford

This forum was held on Thursday 13 September 2012.
Here is a copy of Prof Whiteford's presentation (ppt, 1.56MB)
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 127MB)

Re-establishing the Power of the People

Speakers:   Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas, Karolina Szukalska and Rev'd Steve Clarke
This forum was held on Thursday 11 October 2012.
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 138MB)

We now have separate audio recordings of the address and questions.
Welcome Dr John Goss
Introduction Rev Nikolai Blaskow
Professor Douglas's address The inadequacy of our present system of governance to address the problems we face
Comment Rev Nikolai Blaskow
Rev Clarke's address Philosophical background to Community organizing and its bearing on the Canberra Alliance
Comment Rev Nikolai Blaskow
Ms Szukalska's address Activities of the Canberra Alliance and the Sydney Alliance on which it is based
Comment Rev Nikolai Blaskow
Question 1 Community engagement of the University of Canberra
Question 2 Alienation of science from the Political process and the community particularly with reference to climate change
Question 3 How will your vision of the power structure work?
Concluding Comments Rev. Niolai Blaskow (chair), Bob Douglas, Karolina Suzukaska and John Goss for CES

Vulnerable Families: Nurturing a Sense of Wellbeing for both Children and Adults

Speaker:   Dr Gail Winkworth
This forum was held on Wednesday 28 November 2012
Here is the audio recording of the forum (mp3, 29MB)

2011 Forum Series "Good Stewardship - Protecting our Future"

1. "Known Knowns: A Basket of Summer fruit." The Lord said to Amos “What do you see”? And I said “A basket of summer fruit”. Amos 8:2

     Bishop George Browning - 17 February 2011

Bishop Browning provided a PDF outline of his address.

Rev Colin Dundon also provided a PDF outline of his introduction to this year's theme.

Australian Religious Perspectives on Climate Change - 11 June 2011

A multi-faith delegation came to Canberra in early June 2011 to lobby federal politicians on behalf of the many people of faith who believe urgent action is needed to curb climate change.

As part of the Canberra visit, a public forum entitled "Australian Religious Perspectives on Climate Change" was also held on 11th June. Bishop George Browning, former Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn, presented a paper offering a religious perspective on climate change and the policy responses needed.

Responses to the paper were presented by Mark Dreyfus (Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change), Greg Hunt (Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water) and Dr Janette Lindesay (Associate Professor at the Australian National University and climate scientist).

Here is a a theological position paper by Bishop George Browning
Here is a recording of the event (MP3 audio)


2. "Nuclear Power - Bequeathing yet more problems to future generations?"

     Dr Sue Wareham - 24 March 2011

Sue Wareham provided a PDF outline of her speech as well as website references/articles of further information.

"Populating the future" - 12 May 2011

- Hurtling towards a precipice, hoping for a miracle?
- Controlling our population - a moral obligation
Geoff Buckmaster, Mark O'Connor

"Water community and food"

7:30pm Thursday, 8 September
Speaker:  Dr John Williams of the Wentworth Group
Here is the announcement advertising the forum.
Here is a media release issued by CES on the day of the forum.

"Climate Change "Denial" Twisting Language?"

7.30 pm Thursday 13 October
Speaker:   Dr Haydn Washington, co-author with John Cook of "Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand".
Here is a PowerPoint copy of the presentation (5MB)
Here is a PDF copy of the presentation (2MB)

"Sustainable Cities"

7:30pm Friday, 25 November
Speaker:   Professor Peter Newman, Director of The Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute

Here is the announcement of the event
Here is a PowerPoint (.pptx) copy of the presentation (111MB)
Here is a PDF copy of the presentation (16MB)



2011 - Other Forums

1. "Stakeholding: Towards a Christian Theology of Radical Inclusivity" NATSIEC - Dr Anthony Reddie - 29 March 2011

Further information can be obtained from NATSIEC. This forum was co-sponsored by ACCC and CES.

Dr Reddie was interviewed by the ABC's "Sunday Nights" program on 3 April 2011


2010 Forum Series on Poverty and Affluence

1. "The Theological Perspectives of Poverty and Affluence" - Frank Brennan and Erica Mathieson - 17 March 2010

2. "Climbing out of Recession on the Backs of the Unemployed?"  - John Nevile and Sue Jordan - 14 April 2010

3. "Escaping Oppression Seeking Asylum and Refuge" - Kerry Murphy and Paul Power  - 12 May 2010

4. "Is Taxation Immoral?" -  Terry Dwyer -  19th August 2010

5. "Poor Fellow My Country: Lamenting our Poverty of Spirit" - Graeme Mundine  -  29th September 2010

Graeme provided a PDF transcript of his talk which can be viewed and downloaded and distributed to interested persons and/or groups.

The following information is also available:

6.  "A fair Share: Consumerism and a 'fair go' in Australia" - Dr Richard Dennis - 3rd November 2010


1. "What ought we do about climate change? Australian interests through the ethical looking glass" - 16 September 2009

We are apologies that the audio recordings for this forum Questions and Answers are presently not available


Forum Series on Social Inclusion:

1.  Forum 1: "The Biblical imperative for social justice and the practical implications of this for Australia" - 28 August 2008

2.  Forum 2: "Federal Policy on Social Inclusion"  - 5th November 2008

3.  Forum 3: "White Man's Dreaming: the NT Intervention" - 23 February 2009

Greg Thompson's "work in progress paper" which formed the basis of his speech - PDF format


4.  Forum 4:  "Access to Mental Health Care: There're people to help you out but not many to stop you falling in."  


Due to technical difficulties, the CES was unable to record the address given by David Crosbie or Kat Szukalska. Consequently no downloads are available. The CES wishes to apologies to both David and Kat as well as our members and site visitors.


5. Forum5: "Mental disorder plus addiction: I can't fit in anywhere"

6. Forum 6: "The social inclusion agenda: What does it mean for poverty in Australia?" (Julian Disney)


ACT Pre-election Forum:  Come and hear the proposed Social Justice policies of ACT parties standing for the 2008 election.

Chairperson: Ross Peake - National Affairs Editor of the Canberra Times.

Questions and Answers:


Forum Series on Prisons:

1. "Prisons ..... can they be human, even rehabilitate?"  Professor Tony Vinson  February 2008

2a. "How the A.C.T. compares: The facts and figures on prisoners and prisons in Australia"  Professor David Biles  March 2008

2b. "The new ACT prison: What is planned and what it will achieve." Simon Corbell March 2008

3. "The ACT Prison - a de facto Mental Institution?"

Gary Humphreys, Richard Refshauge, Ron Cahill  June 2008

Note: The CES produced a small Corrections Resource Booklet for distribution at the prison forums which has now been updated and is now available for general distribution.


Non CES event downloads


In May 2009, the Women's Centre for Health Matters, published the report "ACT Women and Prisons, Invisible Bars: The Stories behind the Stats" written by Deb Wybron and Kiri Dicker. The report is available for viewing/downloading. It was launched by the ACT Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher. An MP3 recording of the launch can be listened to/downloaded here.


Strip Searching in the ACT Prison

The ACT Women and Prisons Group together with the ACT Community Coalition on Corrections conducted a public forum on Strip Searching in the ACT Prison. Audio recordings from this meeting will be available shortly from  the ACT Community Coalition on Corrections website.



SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINAR -  (held on Saturday 30 August, 9.30am - 3.30pm, at St Ninian's Uniting Church)
"The Church, The State, The Media - Who sets the Nation’s Social Justice Agenda?" 


Speakers included:

Rev'd Elenie Poulus, National Director of Uniting Justice in Australia

Jack Waterford AM, Editor at Large of the Canberra Times
Professor John Langmore, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne

Professor John Warhurst, ANU political scientist

Audio downloads from this seminar are now available by visiting the St Ninian's Uniting Church website.



Other Downloads

Nil at this stage



From time to time the CES publishes articles relating to social justice and ethics. These are stored in PDF format and can be found and downloaded on the Social Justice Article page. CES issued media notifications can also be found on the Article Page.