Governor Lachlan Macquarie represents a figure of innovation, compassion and integrity in public policy. His leadership from 1810-21 brought significant social, economic and architectural transformation in NSW, playing a central part in the transition from penal colony to free settlement. His work in founding (with his wife, Elisabeth Macquarie) what is now the Bible society, developing programs for the poor and disabled, and helping emancipated convicts reform to lead “good, Christian lives”, left a significant and lasting heritage which shaped our Judeo-Christian foundations. The inscription on his tomb reads “The Father of Australia”.
In modern Australia we are seeing the very character of public life declining at an alarming rate. The adversarial nature of politics, the unfortunate lack of reasoned debate, the shallowness of media interest, and the manipulation of power have all heightened the need for leaders of integrity, faith and values.
What we seek to achieve by this programme is the transformation of the nature of politics and governance in Australia by helping develop the character and intellectual foundations of future politicians, journalists, advisors and public policy influencers before they step into public life. The hope is that we will see more decisions based on a solid understanding of what is good, true and beautiful in light of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God"
- 2 Corinthians 5:20
Nick Jensen - Director - Lachlan Macquarie Institute
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