Australian Freedom Network


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The Australian Freedom Network (AFN) is a reflection of the Global Freedom Network, launched by Pope Francis on 2 December 2014. The Global Freedom Network is founded on the premise that religious faith can be a powerful motivating force to inspire individual and community action both spiritually and practically.

The Australian Freedom Network has been launched today (December 2, 2015) at Parliament House in Canberra on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. At this event faith leaders signed the same ‘Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery’ that was signed at Vatican City in 2014.

The Australian Freedom Network will:

  • Raise awareness about slavery in Australia amongst faith communities
  • Unify faith-based organisations to collaborate on ending slavery in Australia
  • Inspire people to engage with the issue of modern slavery as an extension of their faith in Australia
  • Encourage faith communities to take meaningful actions to end slavery in Australia
  • Support and amplify existing anti-slavery work in Australia

The founding members of The Australian Freedom Network are:

  • Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, Australian Christian Churches, represented by, Pastor Sean Stanton
  • Joel A’Bell, Lead Pastor Hillsong Church Australia
  • Reverend Dr Bill Brown, Chair, National Council of Australian Baptists in Australia
  • Commissioner James Condon, The Salvation Army Eastern Territory
  • Right Reverend David Cook, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Australia
  • His Grace Bishop Daniel, Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia, Sydney and Affiliated Regions
  • Archbishop Dr Philip Freier, Primate, Anglican Church of Australia represented by, Right Reverend Dr Matthew Brain
  • Archbishop Denis Hart, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, represented by, Reverend Brian Lucas, General Secretary
  • Bishop John Henderson, Lutheran Church of Australia, represented by, Bishop Mark Lieschke
  • Rabbi Alon Meltzer, Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand & Executive Council of Australian Jewry
  • His Eminence Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, Grand Mufti of Australia
  • Julian Robertson, Presiding Clerk of Australian Quakers, represented by, Mrs. Rae Litting
  • Venerable Ban Ruo Shi, Senior Abbott, Prajna Monastery Australia
  • Commissioner Floyd Tidd, The Salvation Army Southern Territory

You are invited to make a pledge to #endslavery in Australia at

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