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ACU goes for a public policy institute.

By johnboy - 18 May 2009 32

The Canberra Times brings news that the Australian Catholic University is going to set up a public policy institute.

The sort of public policy they’ll be promulgating no doubt to be of a Catholic bent. Something confirmed by dean Patrick McArdle’s promise to provide “an explicitly religious voice”.

One supposes they have the right to articulate their opinions.

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ACU goes for a public policy institute.
peterh 3:07 pm 18 May 09

johnboy said :

Well now they’ll have shiny letterhead to put on their media releases and a veneer of academic integrity.

Journalists will feel obligated to seek out their views to provide balance, and they’ll be able to host nice functions for their fellow travellers.

what scares me sometimes, john, is that even when you are being sarcastic, you are also probably right.

johnboy 2:58 pm 18 May 09

Well now they’ll have shiny letterhead to put on their media releases and a veneer of academic integrity.

Journalists will feel obligated to seek out their views to provide balance, and they’ll be able to host nice functions for their fellow travellers.

peterh 2:55 pm 18 May 09

johnboy said :

Peter if you know nothing about government relations, as suggested by your comment, best not to speculate on it.

Influencing both parliament and parliamentary press gallery with cunning arguments in support of Catholic social objectives would appear to be the major objective of this institute.

how is that different to the existing environments that have lesser profile in the current media focus? It seems to be an attempt by the ACU to increase awareness of the ACU, not further the catholic social objectives. The catholic education office and other groups within the catholic church have been engaging with ministers and lobbyists for years.

johnboy 2:44 pm 18 May 09

Peter if you know nothing about government relations, as suggested by your comment, best not to speculate on it.

Influencing both parliament and parliamentary press gallery with cunning arguments in support of Catholic social objectives would appear to be the major objective of this institute.

peterh 2:39 pm 18 May 09

what, on toast?

I always believed that the church was the place for meaningful discussions and policy for the congregation. why would the formation of an institute benefit the catholic church? or is there some way to incorporate it into the political landscape and change the focus within and outside the church – perhaps to encourage new members to come in, whilst retaining existing members by a show of public good?

Gungahlin Al 2:24 pm 18 May 09

Is it a think tank or a lobbying group? “Providing an explicitly religious [there’s a curious combo of words!] voice” seems to indicate the latter. Perhaps they need to do this now they don’t have Tony Abbott on the inside?

On reflection, I personally would prefer such lobbying outside the political circles like this, than to have (as we did with Abbott) elected reps pushing strong religious agendas inside a parliament. The separation of church and state is I think something that makes our country so much more stable than many others around the world.

John Lennon anyone?

caf 1:14 pm 18 May 09

A “Don’t Think Tank” would be snappier.

Jim Jones 12:42 pm 18 May 09

caf said :

Independently commissions and publishes policy research. Also known as a “think-tank”.

So a Catholic version would presumably be a “do-what-the-pope-says-tank”.

caf 12:17 pm 18 May 09

Independently commissions and publishes policy research. Also known as a “think-tank”.

trevar 12:14 pm 18 May 09

What does a public policy institute do?

peterh 11:38 am 18 May 09

an explicitly catholic voice? a public policy instuitute? isn’t that found in church?

funny, that is where i would expect to find them.

The cat did it 11:31 am 18 May 09

Looks like there is some church politics involved, and the Catholics have decided that they need an explicitly Catholic voice, rather than being part of (or confused with?) the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. It would be interesting to know which faction is behind it- is it a Pope Ratzinger/Cardinal Pell initiative, or something else- like Opus Dei?

No doubt we’ll see lots of impeccably argued moral positions. Problem is that moral positions based on superstition are founded on sand. They’ll need to say more than ‘because the Pope/Bible says so’

Jim Jones 10:46 am 18 May 09

It’s good to see the Church finding new disciplinary fields in which to make themselves a laughing stock.

johnboy 10:32 am 18 May 09

Well, obviously the religious think their perspective needs better representation.

And it’s their money they’re spending.

astrojax 10:28 am 18 May 09

can mcardle first make a good case that we need a religious perspective in public policy making? and, whose ‘religion’? presumably his [catholic] – wouldn’t a cross-cultural think-tank to ensure the stands of all religions are taken into account in making policy be more worthwhile??

or am i not supposed to critices on religious grounds?

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