How religion affects politics and government policies in Australia

This is a past event

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Every 2nd Friday of the month

Club Redfern

159 Redfern St, Redfern · Sydney

How to find us

On the second floor. If you have difficulties please call Steve 0450 123 211

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John Dowd AO QC graduated from Law at Sydney University. John was leader of the Liberal Party in NSW from 1981 to 1983. He was the NSW Attorney General from 1988 to 1991. The Independent Commission against Corruption was established under his watch. After politics, John was appointed to the Supreme Court in NSW where he served for ten years.
John has also served as Chairman of the International Commission of Jurists, Vice President of the International Court of Justice, Chancellor of Southern Cross University, Protection Ambassador, Director and President of ActionAid Australia. John established The Justice Campaign in support of human rights and justice. He is currently the President of the International Commission of Jurists Australia.

John will address the following "Religion decades ago had an effect on which political parties members joined for historical reasons. Religions usually have moral codes attached to them and this affects the performance of members of Parliament. As religions decline, this creates a problem for the training in moral codes. It was to deal with the power of the pulpit and also the pressures which churches have and have had to have religious views enforced as offences by the state."

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Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:

2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St

The entrance is 20 metres across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located. The outside of the venue is shown below.

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