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Wagga Wagga Diocese

Public Forum

Accountable, Inclusive and Transparent

A Better Church for Australia



Chair Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn



Catholics Speak Out, Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn, Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform


7:30pm Thursday 24 October 2019

RJ Hall Room, Commercial Club

77 Gurwood Street Wagga Wagga

All are welcome.

Contact         John Goonan           Mob: 0428 970 445

                        Kerry Carmichael   Mob: 0411 222 205


John Warhurst AO is an experienced political scientist, with special interests in public policy, political lobbying, election campaigning and church-state relations. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University in Canberra. John is Chair of Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn and he currently serves on the boards of Caritas Australia. He has served on boards for Catholic Social Services Australia, Marist 180 and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. His long interest in religion and politics led to a research fellowship on "The Faith of Australian Prime Ministers" and to publications on the church and public debate, St Mary MacKillop and Australian society, and Catholic identity and mission. He is a regular contributor to Eureka Street magazine and the Canberra Times. John is also published regularly in other major metropolitan daily newspapers and media platforms including the ABC. 

Marilyn Hatton last year accepted the Edna Award for Community Activism. She has advocated for gender equity in the Church and in the wider community since the 1970s. Spurred by the exclusion of women from decision-making and priesthood in the Church, she has been an energetic leader of the Catholic feminist movement in Australia and overseas. Her concern about the Church’s failure to listen to appeals for an equitable role for women led her to join with other women and men to mount numerous challenges to the Church hierarchy and its orthodoxy. She was a co-coordinator of the Ordination of Catholic Women and has worked with Women and the Australian Church and Catholics for Renewal supported by Catholics Speak Out and Concerned Catholics.  She has represented Australia on the Women’s Ordination Worldwide Network and at the International Catholic Reform Network ICRN, Chicago meeting, working with supporters around the world. Ms Hatton has been a pioneering figure in Concerned Catholics of Canberra Goulburn which advocates for deep reforms in the Church including a greater role for the laity and particularly for women.