The Iles Memorial Lecture 2014 – Hon. Kevin Andrews MP – Marriage in Today’s Society

Dear Friends of the Blog,

Characterised by enthusiastic audiences and speakers of international renown, the first two Robert Iles Memorial Lectures have now become significant events in the life of the Uniting Church in South Australia. The third is now planned for Thursday, October 9, 2014, and will again be held at 7:30pm in the Burnside City Uniting Church, corner of Portrush Road and Fisher Street, Tusmore.

Our guest speaker will be Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Family Services in the current Federal Government. A committed and involved Catholic layperson, Kevin was a barrister before entering Federal Parliament in 1991. He and his wife Margaret have had a key role in pre-mariage education and relationship counselling, particularly across Catholic parishes in Victoria. He is the author of ‘Maybe I do: Modern Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness’, a recent well-researched review of marriage and of those factors which social scientists around the world believe benefit or detract from marital success.


In 1996, he successfully campaigned to nullify the proposed Northern Territory euthanasia laws. Unsurprisingly, Kevin was a friend of Robert’s. He has regularly participated in the community rides of the Tour Down Under, and on those visits worshipped at Walkerville Uniting Church during Robert’s ministry. Robert and Kevin shared a common passion for ‘right to life’ issues and both regarded marriage as the keystone in building stable, secure and effective families.

Please spread the word about the lecture to your local congregation and friends.

The Robert Iles Memorial Trust exists to celebrate and promote the Christian faith within Australian society and engage with the culture of the day to bring a Biblical perspective to contemporary public issues in our society and the world. Your prayers and donations have helped us advance these objectives and we appreciate your continued interest and support.

We hope to see you there,

Callum Iles and the trustees.