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World Congress of Families 7 Sydney, May 15 -18, 2013

The Australian Family Association is proud to be a Gold sponsor of the World Congress of Families 7 which is to be held in Sydney from May 13 to May 18, 2013.

Being held at the state-of-the-art Australian Technology Park conference centre, the aim of the Congress is to promote the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seed bed’ of civil society.

The World Congress of Families was founded in 1995 by Dr Alan Carlson of the Howard Centre for Family, Religion and Society in the US and World Congresses have been held in Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009) and Madrid (2012). The Sydney World Congress is the first to be held outside Europe or the American continent.

The theme of the Sydney World Congress is ‘Happy Families Healthy Economy – a new vision for national prosperity and social progress.’ It seeks to engage, explore and shift certain key public debates worldwide regarding the natural family:

  • From ‘The Family as an obstacle to development’ to ‘The Family as the source of social renewal and progress’;
  • From ‘overpopulation’ to ‘underpopulation’ as the demographic problem facing the 21st century;
  • From ‘the small family and voluntary childlessness as good’ to ‘the celebration of the large family as a special social gift’;
  • And from ‘religious orthodoxy as a threat to progress’ to ‘religious orthodoxy as the source of humane values and cultural progress’.

The Congress will explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society. It will feature many high profile international and Australasian speakers who are experts on the family, including leaders in business, finance, politics, religion, sociology and culture. Some of those speakers are:

Bradford Wilcox Ph.D. Director of the National Marriage Project and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. Dr Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood and cohabitation and the ways that gender, religion and children influence the quality and stability of family life.

Professor Ian Harper, well known Australian economist and partner at Deloitte Access Economics. As a member of the Wallis Inquiry he was at the forefront of financial market reform in Australia.

Professor Patrick Parkinson AM, a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts. Served as Chairperson of the Family Law Council from 2004-2007 and is currently president of the International Society of Family Law.

Mr Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide® and Chairman of the American Christian Film and Television Commission®. His desire is to redeem the values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.

Patrick F. Fagan Ph. D. a Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute in Washington DC. His research examines the relationship between sexuality, marriage and religious practice and America’s social and economic strengths and weaknesses.

These are just a few of the prominent speakers who will present at the Congress. For the full list of speakers go to www.wcfsydney2013.org.au.

The Congress is fast approaching and now is the time to register. World Congress of Families may not return to Australia for some years. So book early, be there and don’t miss this world class event.


REGISTER to attend World Congress of Families 7.

For details of the Conference sessions and to register go to wcfsydney2013.org.au. Early Bird registration closes on 28 March. An additional 20% off the advertised registration fees is available for AFA members by using the following promotional codes when registering;

AFA01 for 20% off full registration.*

AFA0S for 20% off spouse registration.*

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