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Brennan, Frank

FRANK BRENNAN is a Jesuit priest, professor of law at the Australian Catholic University, and adjunct professor at the College of Law and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. He has written a number of books on indigenous issues and civil liberties. His most recent books are No Small Change (2015), which examines indigenous issues in Australia's Constitution, Tampering with Asylum (2003), which compares Australia’s asylum policies with those of other first-world countries, and Acting on Conscience (2007), which looks at the place of religion in Australian politics and law. In 2009, he chaired the National Human Rights Consultation. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Acting On Conscience: How Can We Responsibly Mix Law, Religion And Politics?

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Is there a place for personal beliefs in public life? Is a Catholic health minister in a fit position to legislate on women’s issues such as the right to an abortion pill? When the prime minister invokes church leaders’ support in going to war with Iraq – and those church leaders tacitly approve this – is there a moral issue at stake? In Acting on Conscience Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic Frank Brennan tackles these issues head on. He explores some of the legal, moral and ethical issues that capture the public imagination – and critically examines the figures in public life who pass judgment on them. Issues covered include: • the war in Iraq • same-sex marriage and parenting • late-term abortion • politics and the judiciary Through detailed analysis of examples from both Australia and the US, Brennan asks: Is there a place for personal beliefs in public life? As citizens and voters, how can we responsibly mix law, religion and politics? How can we ensure that in the future, our leaders will speak for us – but not out of turn? ‘In an age of fear and bigotry here is a welcome book of courage and conscience.’ SENATOR BOB BROWN, Australian Greens ‘... a brave, insightful book.’ Weekend Australian

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No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

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Written by one of our most respected commentators on legal and human rights issues, No Small Change is a vital contribution to our understanding of indigenous affairs.

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Tampering With Asylum

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By denying the Tampa and its cargo of asylum seekers permission to dock at the nearest landfall of Christmas Island, Australia signalled that it was dramatically closing its national borders. Trading on fear, and using mandatory detention in the Pacific, John Howard and Philip Ruddock effectively excluded asylum seekers from the Australian courts. Frank Brennan argues that the Australian government’s response was a massive overreaction, possible only because Australia is a remote country with few asylum seekers and no land borders. He compares Australia’s response with that of the United States and Europe and provides a practical blueprint for countries wanting to humanely protect asylum seekers. 'A timely, topical book...penetrating.' – Canberra Times 'A powerful book.' – Australian Financial Review 'A valuable contribution to the assessment of our treatment of asylum seekers.' – Journal of Australian Studies Review of Books 'Necessary reading.' – Australian Book Review Review excerpt 'Of particular use to those who are studying the issues at some depth is the discussion of the significance of border control and the sovereignty of nation states. There is a useful comparison of the way in which those who present themselves illegally are received and detained in Australia, in Europe, and in the United States. This readable excursion into sometimes difficult and technical material is likely to be a standard reference on the subject.' – Rev Brian Lucas, Australasian Catholic Record

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Tampering With Asylum Revised Edition

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'A timely, topical book...penetrating.' - CANBERRA TIMES 'A valuable contribution to the assessment of our treatment of asylum seekers.' - JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES REVIEW OF BOOKS 'Necessary Reading.' - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW In August 2001 a Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa picked up 433 asylum seekers from a boat sinking in international waters between Australia and Indonesia. What the Howard government did in response created waves internationally. By denying the Tampa and its cargo of asylum seekers permission to dock at Christmas Island, Australia signalled that it was dramatically closing its national borders. Trading on fear, and rushing legislation to give their move legal backing, the government effectively excluded asylum seekers from the Australian courts. In Tampering With Asylum Brennan argues that the government's response was a major overreaction, possible only in a remote country such as Australia with few asylum seekers and no land borders. He compares Australia's policy with that of the United States and Europe and provides a practical blueprint for countries wanting to humanely protect asylum seekers. This revised edition features an epilogue bringing the book up to date with the latest developments, including the Cornelia Rau and Vivian Alvarez Solon cases, Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou's successful campaign to free children from detention centres and the Senate's thwarting of the government's 2006 attempt to extend the Pacific Solution. Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Gleebooks Prize for Literary and Cultural Criticism

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