Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

Peter Kurti

Director of Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program

Peter Kurti

Expertise: Religion, culture and civil society; law and religious freedom; ethics and bioethics

Peter Kurti is Director of the Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University. He has written extensively about issues of religion, liberty, and civil society in Australia, and appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio. In addition to having written many newspaper articles, he is also the author of The Tyranny of Tolerance: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia; Euthanasia: Putting the Culture to Death?; and Sacred & Profane: Faith and Belief in a Secular Society, published by Connor Court. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Australia.


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Featured Publication

  • Cancelling the Culture: Critical Theory and the Chasm of Incoherence 03 June 2021 | AP22
    Critical Theory exerts a significant intellectual hold on the formation of policy and the conduct of discourse in the Australian public sphere. In its essential form, Critical Theory holds that there are many biases and imbalances of power in society…...
    Critical Theory exerts a significant intellectual hold on the formation of policy and the conduct of discourse in the Australian public sphere. In its essential form, Critical Theory holds that there are many biases and imbalances of power in society…
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Media & Commentary

  • Fringe Politics Threatens More Harm Than Good to Australia’s Democracy 13 December 2021 | Epoch Times
    Buffeted by the stormy blasts of COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government rolled and rocked at times like the Manly ferry in a tempest. And now as he prepares to go to the polls in the first half of 2022, Morrison…
    Buffeted by the stormy blasts of COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government rolled and rocked at times like the Manly ferry in a tempest. And now as he prepares to go to the polls in the first half of 2022, Morrison…
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  • Omicron: A New Variant and New Hope for Australia 03 December 2021 | Epoch Times
    As we approach the end of 2021, COVID-19 adds another component in the Greek alphabet for us to learn—the 15th letter, Omicron. And just as a new variant emerges, provoking grim fear of more restrictions, hundreds of thousands of Australians have…
    As we approach the end of 2021, COVID-19 adds another component in the Greek alphabet for us to learn—the 15th letter, Omicron. And just as a new variant emerges, provoking grim fear of more restrictions, hundreds of thousands of Australians have…
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  • Religious Believers in Australia Get Protections, Not Freedom 23 November 2021 | Epoch Times
    Time appeared to be running out for the Australian government to deliver on its 2019 election pledge to legislate protections for religious believers and faith-based organisations. But in late November, Attorney-General Michaelia Cash finally briefed the Coalition party room as…
    Time appeared to be running out for the Australian government to deliver on its 2019 election pledge to legislate protections for religious believers and faith-based organisations. But in late November, Attorney-General Michaelia Cash finally briefed the Coalition party room as…
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  • Addicted to Power? Australian Premier Daniel Andrews’ Pandemic Overreach 04 November 2021 | Epoch Times
    Rising vaccination rates in Australia continue to edge most states towards ever more significant easing of restrictions in time for Christmas. Hopes are high in some parts of the country that COVID-19 lockdowns will now be consigned to history, never…
    Rising vaccination rates in Australia continue to edge most states towards ever more significant easing of restrictions in time for Christmas. Hopes are high in some parts of the country that COVID-19 lockdowns will now be consigned to history, never…
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  • Euthanasia Looks to Conquer Final Frontier in Australia 20 October 2021 | Epoch Times
    Supporters of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) are keen to push New South Wales (NSW) across the final frontier of euthanasia legalisation as quickly as possible. Currently, NSW is the only jurisdiction in Australia that has not yet passed a law granting the…
    Supporters of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) are keen to push New South Wales (NSW) across the final frontier of euthanasia legalisation as quickly as possible. Currently, NSW is the only jurisdiction in Australia that has not yet passed a law granting the…
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Publications

  • Sacred & Profane: Faith and Belief in a Secular Society 20 September 2020
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY Peter Kurti lifts up the stone on questions that our secular society thought it had buried forever – notably that of euthanasia – and reminds us that the moral aspects of such matters are seldom cut and dried. He also reminds us that the Christian…...
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY Peter Kurti lifts up the stone on questions that our secular society thought it had buried forever – notably that of euthanasia – and reminds us that the moral aspects of such matters are seldom cut and dried. He also reminds us that the Christian…
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  • Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia 17 August 2020 | AP13
    ‘Cancel culture’ campaigns in Australia are intended to erase elements of our history and to deny the record of those who helped found this country. The impulse to impose a revised interpretation of the past poses a danger that threatens to corrode civility, destroy civic trust, and fuel community discord.…...
    ‘Cancel culture’ campaigns in Australia are intended to erase elements of our history and to deny the record of those who helped found this country. The impulse to impose a revised interpretation of the past poses a danger that threatens to corrode civility, destroy civic trust, and fuel community discord.…
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  • CIVIL SOCIETY AFTER COVID: On re-building a virtuous civic culture 17 June 2020 | AP10
    Australia faces an unprecedented economic and social challenge. In addition to economic recovery, the equally crucial work of civic repair is required as part of the social transition out of the Covid-19 pandemic. A strong civic culture will be integral to rebuilding prosperity. Classical liberalism appropriately affords great importance to…...
    Australia faces an unprecedented economic and social challenge. In addition to economic recovery, the equally crucial work of civic repair is required as part of the social transition out of the Covid-19 pandemic. A strong civic culture will be integral to rebuilding prosperity. Classical liberalism appropriately affords great importance to…
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  • Rights, Morals, Dignity: Why defending religious freedom matters 10 April 2020 | OP173
    Calls for protections of rights are often made without much reflection on what it is, exactly, that needs protecting. In this Occasional Paper, Peter Kurti argues that behind any claim about rights lies a moral claim, and that this claim is essentially about human dignity. Rights describe a sphere of…...
    Calls for protections of rights are often made without much reflection on what it is, exactly, that needs protecting. In this Occasional Paper, Peter Kurti argues that behind any claim about rights lies a moral claim, and that this claim is essentially about human dignity. Rights describe a sphere of…
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  • Toxic Mutation of an Ancient Hatred: Left-Wing Antisemitism 13 November 2019 | PP25
    Antisemitism is on the rise in many Western countries. On the postmodern left, this ancient hatred is often expressed as anti-Zionism which claims to be opposed to racism and colonialism. Yet because anti-Zionist discourse is an attack on the right of the State of Israel even to exist, it also antisemitic.…...
    Antisemitism is on the rise in many Western countries. On the postmodern left, this ancient hatred is often expressed as anti-Zionism which claims to be opposed to racism and colonialism. Yet because anti-Zionist discourse is an attack on the right of the State of Israel even to exist, it also antisemitic.…
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