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Catholic social teaching had a venerable influence on Australian political history, but does it still have anything to offer?

In Shadow of The Cross – Catholic Social Teaching & Australian Politics, Greg Craven argues that it remains an important resource for addressing the central challenges of Australian politicsHis critique of liberalism, social democracy and conservatism from the perspective of Catholic social teaching offers a vision for how Australian political debate might be done better. Whether in wages policy, the rights of the individual, freedom of belief and much more there is still a place for Catholic social teaching.

Five essayists, including Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, offer their own thoughts on the future of politics and policy, and the utility of Catholic social teaching as a resource for policy-making in their responses to Craven’s analysis.

Greg Craven is an emeritus professor of constitutional law and a fellow of the PM Glynn Institute, the public policy think-tank of Australian Catholic University.