AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide is among several prominent Catholics selected to participate in this month’s Australia 2020 Summit called by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Others include former Governor-General Sir William Deane; Jesuit Father Frank Brennan; Youth Off the Streets founder Salesian Father Chris Riley; Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor Professor Greg Craven; National Catholic Education Commission chair Monsignor Tom Doyle; Catholic Social Services Australia’s executive director Frank Quinlan; Adelaide archdiocese’s vicar general Monsignor David Cappo; who is a former national director of the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission; and Fr Michael Tate, who is a professor of Law at the University of Tasmania and a former federal Labor minister.
Almost 8000 people applied for the 1000 places at the summit which will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on April 19 and 20. The aim of the summit is “to help shape a long-term strategy for the nation’s future”.
Archbishop Wilson said he was honoured to have been selected to take part in the summit and that family life and the well-being of people would be his key focus during the discussions.
He was named as a participant in the section of the summit entitled “Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion”.
“This is an honour and a great opportunity to be able to sit down with people from a wide cross-section of the community and listen to them and engage in a robust dialogue of ideas and values,” he said.
“I’ll be giving prayerful and thoughtful consideration to the key issues ahead of the summit to inform my contribution in the best way possible, with a special focus on the development of family life in this nation and the well-being of its citizens.”
The 1000 participants will be evenly divided into 10 “critical areas” for discussion.