Robert Forsyth

Senior Fellow

Robert Forsyth

The Right Reverend Robert Forsyth was the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, a region of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, from 2000 to 2015. Before this he was the rector of St. Barnabas, Broadway and chaplain to the University of Sydney. Robert gave the 2001 Acton Lecture Dangerous Protections: How some ways of protecting the freedom of religion may actually diminish religious freedom and has been awarded the Alan MacGregor Fellowship at Consilium in 2010.  Robert has been extensively involved in the areas of religious freedom and public policy.


Featured Publication

  • A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience 16 October 2014 | OP135
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under…...
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under…
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Media & Commentary

  • Wedding cake still half-baked 08 December 2017 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    The "Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017” deals only with religious freedom for religious celebrants and organisations involved in the actual solemnising of a marriage. More is expected in 2018 when the review lead by Philip Ruddock gives…
    The "Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017” deals only with religious freedom for religious celebrants and organisations involved in the actual solemnising of a marriage. More is expected in 2018 when the review lead by Philip Ruddock gives…
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  • Same-sex marriage is a test of Australian maturity that we may not pass 12 September 2017 | ABC
    It’s time not just to focus on who will win the marriage war, but how we are going to live with the peace. For good or ill, the legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia became inevitable once Labor made it…
    It’s time not just to focus on who will win the marriage war, but how we are going to live with the peace. For good or ill, the legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia became inevitable once Labor made it…
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  • A Test of Australian Maturity 08 September 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    It’s time not just to focus on who will win the marriage debate, but how we are going to live with the peace. The legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia became inevitable once Labor made it party policy. Irrespective of…
    It’s time not just to focus on who will win the marriage debate, but how we are going to live with the peace. The legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia became inevitable once Labor made it party policy. Irrespective of…
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  • Thought crimes 23 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Two recent overseas events must raise the alarm here in Australia as well. Tim Fallon quit as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, citing the incompatibility of the position with his faith: “To be a political leader — especially of…
    Two recent overseas events must raise the alarm here in Australia as well. Tim Fallon quit as leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, citing the incompatibility of the position with his faith: “To be a political leader — especially of…
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  • A most dangerous form of Western Liberalism 05 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The outcry against UK Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron’s delay in stating whether or not he personally believes homosexuality to be a sin — despite he and his party supporting LGBTI rights including marriage — has pointed to an emerging…
    The outcry against UK Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron’s delay in stating whether or not he personally believes homosexuality to be a sin — despite he and his party supporting LGBTI rights including marriage — has pointed to an emerging…
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Publications

  • Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia 30 May 2014 | OP134
    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary contribution to education, charitable relief, the running of hospitals, and the alleviation of social disadvantage. What has given rise to this new sectarianism and what are its likely consequences for contemporary Australian society?…...
    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary contribution to education, charitable relief, the running of hospitals, and the alleviation of social disadvantage. What has given rise to this new sectarianism and what are its likely consequences for contemporary Australian society?…
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  • Dangerous Protections: How Some Ways of Protecting the Freedom of Religion May Actually Diminish Religious Freedom. 24 September 2001 | OP78
    The 2001 Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom delivered by Robert Forsyth.  Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire, especially where government legislation is concerned.              
    The 2001 Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom delivered by Robert Forsyth.  Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire, especially where government legislation is concerned.              
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