Freedom17 Conference – Religious Freedom in a Secular Age?

Rydges Capital Hill Hotel, 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

Freedom 17 is a unique conference for church leaders, lawyers, policy makers and politicians to meet in Canberra and talk about the pressing public issue of religious freedom. A valuable opportunity for collaboration and networking, not just information and commentary. Be part of improving the national conversation about the place of faith in a secular society. History is decided by those who turn up. So turn up and make a difference to our national conversation.

While Australia has long enjoyed remarkable civic freedoms there are numerous contemporary challenges to religious freedom. How can religious freedom sit alongside claims to equal rights and same sex marriage for LGBTI individuals? Is religious freedom a cover for bigotry and hate speech? Should religious freedom be curtailed in the name of security? How should an increasingly secular society view the place of people of faith in the public square? These tensions are not theoretical but very practical and raise questions of how we may live together with deep differences? What place does the state have in these competing claims?

Browse the speakers below, mark your calendar, and register now.

The conference will open with breakfast and an address by Professor Patrick Parkinson of Sydney University. This breakfast will present an opportunity for delegates to invite their local MP to join them before parliament sits. Throughout the day we will consider the conference theme of ‘Religious Freedom in a Secular Age?’

Speakers are:

Prof. Patrick Parkinson, Senator David Fawcett MP – Senator for South Australia, Ms. Julie Owens MP – Member for Parramatta NSW, The Right Rev. Dr. Michael Stead – Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Assoc. Prof. Neil Foster – University of Newcastle Law School, Mr Mark Fowler – Queensland Bar and Mr Chris Brohier – South Australian Bar.

These sessions will finish in time for delegates to visit parliament in the afternoon. There will be opportunities given for delegates to meet there with parliamentarians and staffers. So if you think the conversation around religious freedom is an important one and can be done better then don’t miss this day.

You can book your accommodation online here.

The evening before the conference there will be an informal meet and greet at Rydges in the Acacia Lounge from 8pm.

Spaces are limited to 130 delegates.

Don’t delay, clear your diary for Wednesday 14 June and book your place now.

Jun 14, 2017

Rydges Capital Hill Hotel, 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603