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lunchatparliamenthouse22 250Mary Eberstadt at Parliament House
in collaboration with St Thomas More Forum

What are the roots of today’s political rage?

Democracy is facing new challenges in today’s society from radical and extremist movements such as identity politics, QAnon, white nationalism and others.

Celebrated essayist and novelist Mary Eberstadt traces these movements to their common denominator, which she argues lies in the collapse of family and faith.

She proposes that part of the proper political response to these challenges requires a new engagement with

the evidence of the role family and religion play in giving people a sense of belonging and hope, and in

helping them reject the siren songs of extremism.

As Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center and a senior research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute, Mary Eberstadt draws on the situation in the United States, where she lives and works, to offer insights on Australian politics.

Join us for lunch at Parliament House to hear more about the roots of some of today’s most pressing political challenges for democracy in the West, and how politicians and others in public life might address them.

Monday 24 October 2022

12 – 2.30pm

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

$95 plus booking fee
Includes a two-course lunch with wine and a copy of Mary Eberstadt’s How the West Really Lost God.

Online Bookings (limited to 16 seats only)

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17th Annual St Thomas More Lecture
St Thomas More Parish and Forum Dinner 2022

Politics and Religion: The Growing Clash

We advise that our Dinner has been booked out which is great news.
If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday 24 June 2022 | 7 for 7.30PM

Keynote Speaker:
Paul Kelly
Editor-at-Large of the Australian Newspaper

Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs.

Paul has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Scott Morrison and is a regular television commentator on Sky News. He is the author of nine books including The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty and The March of Patriots. His most recent book, Triumph and Demise covered the Rudd-Gillard era.

Paul has been a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Menzies Centre, King’s College, London.

Mercure Hotel, Limestone Avenue, Braddon ACT 2618

$90.00 (Dinner and wine)
Canapes and complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by a two course dinner with a bottle of red and white wine per table and tea/coffee and cake.

Noon Friday 10 June 2022

Enquiries: Parish Office on 0416 823 447 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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