About the theme:
With seventy percent of Australians supporting a move to a republic, and avowed republicans
leading both major political parties, it is timely to consider what values might inform a
new national understanding.
The heavenly barbie: Toward an inviting republic
The Kingdom of God is like seed being sown, seed growing, grain being harvested or fish
caught, or the leaven which causes bread to rise. But, most of all, it is described as a
”Many will come from east and west and eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the
kingdom of heaven• (Matthew 8:11) and Jesus proposes the ultimate social inclusion,
inviting across barriers of race, health, ethnicity, gender or religion.
What pointers can the kingdom of heaven provide for a Republic of Australia?
Associate Professor Marion Maddox (Macquarie University, Centre for Social inclusion)
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Hon Jay Weatherill (Minister for aboriginal Affairs & Social inclusion)
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Professor Peter Buckskin (University of South Australia, Centre for Aboriginal Education and Research)
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Rev Dr Greg Elsdon (St Paul's Centre)
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