Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists

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Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists

A group for networking and friendship between atheists in the Australian/New Zealand/South Pacific region, and for discussion of political and religious topics relevant to these regions.

Members: 349
Latest Activity: Apr 3

Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists

This group is hosted by Richard J and Chrys Stevenson


Another High Court Challenge Against the National School Chaplaincy Program

Website: http://www.highcourtchallenge.com

Breaking News! After successfully challenging the Commonwealth government in the High Court of Australia over funding for the National School Chaplaincy Scheme, Ron Williams is to take them on again.  In an attempt to circumvent the High Court ruling, the government has passed some extremely questionable legislation which tears at the heart of parliamentary democracy and public accountability.  Williams has consulted with his crack legal team and the decision has been made today (Saturday, 7 July) to mount another challenge.

For more information see here:  

http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/its-on-williams-to-return-to-the-high-court-on-chaplaincy-issue/

Mounting a High Court challenge is extremely expensive and Ron Williams is just an average, suburban Dad.  If all of us who care about a secular, democratic Australia can chip in as much as we can, it will help enormously.  Please consider donating at:  

http://www.highcourtchallenge.com/

This is your chance to be a part of making Australian Constitutional history!


Embiggen Books - Your Australian Atheist/Skeptical Bookshop

Embiggen Books, an Australian bookstore devoted to promoting science, philosophy, rationalism and skepticism is now on Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Warren Bonett and Kirsty Bruce of Embiggen are also passionate and active members of the atheist and skeptical communities.

Australian Atheist Issues

For new members, if you want to get a grasp of some of the issues effecting atheists in Australia, you might like to take a look at the Atheist Nexus (Australia) submission on "Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century" made to the Australian Human Rights Commission early last year. It's long, but easy reading, and worth spending some time on. A report, using information compiled from submissions, should be released later this year.

Atheist Meetup Groups - Australia

If you'd like to meet up with some local atheists, there's no better way than joining your local Atheist Meetup, Skeptics, or Freethought Groups:

Adelaide Atheists
Ballarat Atheists
Brisbane Atheists
Canberra Social Skeptics
Melbourne Atheists
Launceston Skeptics
Macarthur Atheists (Macarthur Region, Sydney (NSW)
Perth Atheists
Perth Skeptics
Sunshine Coast Atheists
Sydney Atheists
Sydney Freethinkers
Western Sydney Freethinkers
Wollongong Skeptics Society

Have we missed your meetup group? Just let me know and I'll add it in.

Discussion Forum

Question from a visitor.

Started by Jeremy. Last reply by Chrys Stevenson Jan 17, 2013. 6 Replies

Naughty corner for not attending R.E? Yes, this is in NZ folks!!!

Started by Therese Monteath-Carr. Last reply by Blamer on twitter Dec 10, 2012. 3 Replies

Pell v Dawkins: this Monday

Started by Phillip A. Ellis. Last reply by Alice Apr 17, 2012. 3 Replies

Any Hamiltonian skeptics out there?

Started by Leela Moses Nov 16, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by edithkeeler on May 10, 2009 at 2:06am
Will do, Kristy. Haven't been to Melbourne for ages so a good excuse.
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 10, 2009 at 12:59am
Even so it feels costly especially since I'd probably only be able to make it for one day. I guess I'll have a better idea closer to the date. March is pretty far off still.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 10, 2009 at 12:49am
Edith, if you think you might go to the conference, can you please contact the AFA and let them know.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 10, 2009 at 12:49am
The $250 isn't just to see Dawkins - it's for a whole weekend conference, including meals.
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 10, 2009 at 12:45am
Would love to go see Dawkins but $250 feels a bit too pricey.
Comment by edithkeeler on May 10, 2009 at 12:40am
I will certainly try to make Melbourne 2010. Deveny is OK on some things but truly appalling on many others. But Dawkins, for sure.
Comment by Mr Embiggen on March 18, 2009 at 7:26pm
Hi All,

Just thought I'd let those know who are in the Sunshine Coast region that we have some free talks that may be of interest to members. We try to bring a range of speakers in that explore science, ethics, politics and so on. The next two will be very cool.

2.00pm Saturday 21st March
As part of National Brain Awareness Week
ADULT NEUROGENESIS: Properties and potential of new nerve cells
(or How to build, maintain and renovate a brain)
The first of Embiggen Books' neuroscience presentations by some of the world's leading researchers right here in Queensland. In this talk PhD student Dana Bradford will talk about her research into the birth of new cells in the adult brain. Dana's presentation will be very accessible for the lay person so be not afraid. We'll also be distributing a number of free copies of the Brain Foundation's newsletter, Brainwaves. This promises to be a very popular talk so book your seats early.

Please contact us to confirm your place - 07 5474 0990 or email events@embiggenbooks.com

7.30 pm Wednesday 25th March
TORTURE: TICKING TIME BOMBS AND SLIPPERY SLOPES
DR JOHN JANZEKOVIC
Torture is perhaps one of the most divisive, emotionally charged and morally challenging subjects discussed in the West. The 'ticking time bomb' scenario posits a lesser of two evils situation where you have captured a bomber mastermind and need to decide on what measures you will take to elicit information to save lives of potential victims to the bomber. In this talk Dr Janzekovic presents a paper which was first presented at the 2nd Global Conference - Evil, Law and the State, Salzburg, Austria 2008.

Please contact us to confirm your place - 07 5474 0990 or email events@embiggenbooks.com
Comment by thatwouldbeawesome on March 3, 2009 at 7:15pm
That's very kind of you, thanks for being so welcoming.
It has already been an honour!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 3, 2009 at 3:39am
It's not auto, TWBA, I try to welcome every new Aussie and Kiwi member personally - I know I miss a few, but I do try! Welcome to our group. We look forward to getting to know you.
Comment by thatwouldbeawesome on March 3, 2009 at 3:26am
Thanks for the add Kristy! Not sure if it is auto but it is certainly nice to instantly meet someone of like mind!
 

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