|Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop of Melbourne|
|Church||Anglican Church of Australia|
|In office||2014 — present|
|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.
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. 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. 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." 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" 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.
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
- "Melbourne archbishop Philip Freier chosen as Anglican primate of Australia". The Australian. 28 June 2014.
- "Archbishop Philip Freier". Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Time in the Northern Territory
- Philip Freier (17 April 2014). "Suffer the children, they have no asylum". Sydney Morning Herald.
- Kate Hagan (18 April 2014). "'Stop the suffering of children in detention', says Archbishop Philip Freier". Sydney Morning Herald.
- Philip Freier (12 April 2012). "Fair distribution of wealth will enrich Australian society". Canberra Times.
- "Easter roasting from bishops for 24/7 news, social media, banks and miners". News.com.au. 6 April 2012.
- Phillip Freier (6 June 2014). "Budget backlash shows we still value the fair go". Canberra Times.
- Anglican Communion Directory, March 2000
|Anglican Communion titles|
|Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia