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 Ted E Bear. 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 Davo on March 2, 2010 at 2:20am
No wukkas, I know everyones hanging out, it's been a big juggling match with coordinating everyone pretty much up to now, I'll repost when the program goes up here, later tonight!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 2, 2010 at 1:57am
Thanks for the update, Davo. Anyone interested in checking out the program when it's up can go to: http://www.atheistconvention.org.au/program/
Comment by Davo on March 2, 2010 at 1:45am
The program is actually being finalised atm and should be out hopefully later tonight.
The running sheet for organising is unbelievably huge, there is a massive amount that had to be tied down with everything from speakers to music timing to how the logistics of moving speakers from talks, seats and signings the list goes on.
We checked our walk thru at the convention centre friday and have worked for the past 4 days on finalising the run sheet for check off tonight.
Thanks for your patience, it's not as easy as appears.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 2, 2010 at 1:40am
Yes, have to admit it does seem a bit strange that there's no program a week out!
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 2, 2010 at 1:31am
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 1, 2010 at 11:07pm
Write a letter of deep concern to Danny Nalliah at Catch the Fire Ministries.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 1, 2010 at 9:13pm
Comment by Luke on February 28, 2010 at 5:02am
Could we do this as a "We the undersigned agree" petition that we could carry around and get people to sign. We could have a 1/4 A4 flyer to promote this group to get a few of the people to stick. More members here all reporting back to their respective groups.

Networking is one of the theist's strengths. The fundies over the road have just had visitors from the UK who they met in Chad (?) while they were corrupting and destroying the local culture with evangelical rubbish. Let's see if we can't do a little bit of that. Passing information back and forth working on common goals as they come up. s

How?
Get them here and we've got the whole network thing going (without the visitors (home invasions) and prayer circles... obviously).

We could agree on the list of... agreed thingies... (re: previous post) here and each bring a dozen copies each of the final list in a petition format to the conference along with a printout of the 1/4 A4 flyer for the AN group. This means that Chrys (as the owner of this group) doesn't have a huge printing job right before the conference, yes?

...maybe?

Outcomes:
If a polly comes up with some bit of junk, bronze-age legislation we can say: "Hey! This disagrees with 'The Melbourne Declaration' with 1500 signatories, so stop that, it's silly!"

This is a flashmob arrangement - separate to the conference. People who are in on it can just clipboard the idea around between talks. It might be a good conversation starter. The Melbourne convention will be successful (regardless of the opinions of the inevitable theist detractors) if we walk away with a stronger network of contacts and groups to react and pre-empt bronze age nonsense. :)

Thoughts?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 28, 2010 at 4:38am
BTW Trevor, if you start a group, I'll send out the word here, on Facebook and Twitter to give you a great start!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 28, 2010 at 4:37am
Trevor, you have a ready made group waiting to go an Atheist Meetups. Go to Atheist Meetups. Then, in the right sidebar, click Country: Australia and City: Wolloongong the 'Search'. Scroll down and you'll find a long list of atheists waiting for someone to set up an atheist group in 'The Gong'. It's easy. Just start a group, pick a central point to meet and start!
 

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