Prayer in the city’s heart
The Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast brings together like-minded people from across Tasmania to pray for our State, our leaders, parliamentarians, businesses, schools, communities, and community organisations; our families, youth, and children. In the name of Jesus, we ask God to grant us the will and wisdom, the creativity and strength we need to care well for each other and to see Tasmania flourish in every dimension. Join us for this special moment of unity and humility.
Unique networking moment
Rarely does such a cross section of leaders from government, business, community, education, media, and the church gather in one place to express their thanks to God for the past and ask His blessing on the future. So once a year at the Parliamentary Breakfast we provide a special time to acknowledge one another, to connect with each other, and to be encouraged together.
Speakers with integrity
Each year, a recognised public figure who has made a significant professional and leadership contribution is a guest speaker at the breakfast. By sharing something of the story of their lives, each speaker brings something unique of the impact of their upbringing, experience and faith has had on their life and leadership.
Guest Speaker | Professor Patrick Parkinson
Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, Patrick Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion, and the law of equity and trusts.
Professor Parkinson served as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General, and chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004 which resulted in major changes.
President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011 to 2014, Professor Parkinson is well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He served as a member of the NSW Child Protection Council and chaired a major review of the state law concerning child protection, which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law from 2018 to 2021, his books include Australian Family Law in Context, Tradition, and Change in Australian Law, Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood, The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed.).
Professor Parkinson also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.