June – Rerum Novarum to Laudato Si: The relevance of Catholic Social Teaching to winning government

About Fr Brennan

Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO is Rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the PM Glynn Institute at Australian Catholic University and an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas More Law School at ACU. He is the author of
numerous books on human rights having chaired the Australian Government’s 2009
National Human Rights Consultation and having been a member of the Australian
Government’s 2018 Religious Freedom Review. Most recently he has served on the
Australian Government’s Senior Advisory Group designing a proposed ‘Indigenous Voice for the First Nations Peoples in Australia

May – Care of the Dying in Australia: Pursuing Justice, Compassion & Safety with Dr Stephen Parnis

About Stephen

Dr Stephen Parnis is an emergency physician based in three Melbourne emergency
departments. He was a recipient of the Cody Scholarship, attending Xavier College from 1983-86. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1992, serving as Chair of the Melbourne University Student Union in 1991. He obtained his Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2007, subsequently serving on the Trainee Selection and Public Health Committees of ACEM. He was a State & Federal Councillor for the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation 2008-14, the President of AMA Victoria 2012-14, Chair of the AMA Council of Salaried Doctors 2011-14, and a member of the AMA Federal Council 2011-16. Dr Parnis was the Vice President of the Australian Medical Association 2014-16. In late 2017, Dr Parnis led the campaign against the parliamentary bill which subsequently legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia in the State of Victoria, and played a role in 2018 in the defeat of a Senate bill introduced to enable similar legislation in the Territories. Dr Parnis has been a member of the ALP since 1987. Most recently, Dr Parnis has been a prominent voice from the frontline during the Covid pandemic.

April – Labor Culture Wars with Kos Samaras

About Kos

Kos has 25 years of political experience and has extensive knowledge on how governments and political parties function and what drives them. He served as Labor’s Victorian Deputy Campaign Director from 2005 to 2019. During his 14 year experience in this role, he developed and implemented campaign strategies for Labor’s Victorian state and federal election campaigns. This includes four Victorian state elections, four federal elections and countless by-elections. He was one of the longest serving and most experienced campaign strategists in the Australian Labor Party history. He is currently Director of Strategy & Communications at Redbridge Group where he offers political advice, polling and lobbying services.

February – Winning back Labor’s Heartland with Joe Hildebrand

About Joe Hildebrand

Joe has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He is also a television and radio presenter. He previously was opinion editor at The Daily Telegraph and a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun and co-host on Studio 10. Joe started in journalism editing the Melbourne University magazine Farrago and then at Australian Associated Press, as well as various other publications, TV and radio shows. Joe grew up in Melbourne, and now lives in Sydney with his wife and young family.


November – National Policy Consultation with Senator Deborah O’Neill

About Senator O’Neill

Deborah is a Labor Senator for New South Wales. She first entered Federal politics in 2010, when she was elected as the Member for Robertson. In 2013 she replaced Bob Carr when he retired from the Senate. She was elected as a Senator for New South Wales in 2016. Before entering Federal Parliament, Deb was a high school teacher on the Central Coast and was also a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, where she co-ordinated courses in teacher education. She is the Chair of the Privileges committee in the 46th Parliament and also sits on the Education and Employment, Community Affairs and Corporations and Financial Services committees.

October – Chicago Blue : Keeping the Faith with Congressman Dan Lipinski

About Congressman Linpinski

Dan Lipinski is an American congressman representing the Third District of Illinois. He is serving his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Party, Lipinski is a member of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conscious Democrats. Lipinski is a strong Catholic and an outspoken advocate of carrying Catholic faith into the public square. Lipinski is a leader on issues of science and transportation in Congress. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.

September – Social Democracy in Crisis with Andrew West

About Andrew

Andrew West is a journalist and broadcaster who currently presents The Religion & Ethics Report on RN. He was a senior reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and The Australian and is the author of two books on Australian politics and culture, including a biography of the former Foreign Minister and NSW Premier Bob Carr. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York City. In 2013, the alumni of the University of Sydney elected him a Fellow of the Senate, the university’s governing body.