Philip Freier

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Philip Freier
Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop of Melbourne
Church Anglican Church of Australia
See Melbourne
In office 2014 — present
Predecessor Phillip Aspinall
Ordination 1983
Consecration 1999
Personal details
Born 1955
Spouse Joy Freier
Previous post Bishop of the Northern Territory

Philip Leslie Freier (born Brisbane, 9 February 1955) is the 13th Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, a position he has held since 16 December 2006, and the current Anglican Primate of Australia, elected on 28 June 2014, becoming effective on 4 July 2014.[1]

Freier was raised as a Roman Catholic. He has a PhD from James Cook University, a Master of Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Divinity from the Melbourne College of Divinity, a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Queensland Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.[2] Prior to ordination, Freier worked as a science teacher for six years. After ordination, he was a curate in Kowanyama, Queensland followed by five years as the Rector of St Oswald's, Banyo before being appointed the Rector of Christ Church, Bundaberg.

In 1999 Freier was elected as the Bishop of the Northern Territory. As a supporter of the indigenous Australian communities he has pledged to support the Stolen Generations during their healing process.[3] In April 2014 Freier wrote an opinion piece in Fairfax newspapers criticising the Australian government's Operation Sovereign Borders policy placing children in immigration detention, arguing that "churches cannot be silent" and must care for "the alien, orphan and widow."[4][5] Freier has criticised large banks in Australia, arguing that wealth creation should not be "separated from moral and social responsibility" and criticised the Abbott Government for "privileging the financial interest of corporations"[6][7][8] Freier has served as a chaplain in the Royal Australian Air Force reserve since 2001. He is married to Elizabeth Joy Freier and is a father of two and grandfather of three.[1][9]

Styles of
Phillip Freier
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop


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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Phillip Aspinall
Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia
Succeeded by