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: 347
Latest Activity: Oct 31

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 19, 2010 at 5:41pm
felch, yes transcripts were thought of and is being approached atm ;)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 19, 2010 at 9:47am
Yep. The boggley eyes were a dead give-away.
Comment by Luke on March 19, 2010 at 9:39am
Anyone could have worn a trash can polo neck and matching trash can beret to infiltrate our group but the green fur and boggley eyes let us know we were talking to the real thing.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 19, 2010 at 8:44am
Yeah, made it back alive. Trouble is, a lot of my memory hasn't. So, back to this subject of complete conference transcripts. I have this horrible feeling no one actually thought about that part...
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 19, 2010 at 7:15am
Thanks for the link, Felch.

I used to be an avid reader of Adam's columns in "The Age" newspaper. I loved his humor. However, the columns which have had a lasting impact on me were those few which were written without his usual brand of hilarity. This essay is of the same genre. It questions the unconscious biases and conventions of those who believe they have detected and overcome such things.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 19, 2010 at 6:30am
Well, nice to see you made it home alive, me old drinking buddy! Meeting Felch was a highlight of the Convention for me, and I can confirm he's as warm and green and fuzzy as he appears here on Nexus. I have to admit, I was a little star-struck. ;-)
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 19, 2010 at 6:27am
Expanded and updated transcript of Phillip Adams talk -

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/19/2850137.htm?site=thedrum
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 16, 2010 at 11:16pm
Home at last! I agree, the Convention was AWESOME! Can't wait to fill you all in on my experiences. Jake, Stephen (James ;-) ), EWQ, Luke and anyone else who was there, I've started a discussion on the Convention, so please post your impressions/observations. I am writing an article on the Convention for an American journal (deadline Monday!!!) and would like to have some other perspectives.

Must sleep now!
Comment by SecretWombat on March 16, 2010 at 12:35am
I really enjoyed the convention. Sorry I didn't catch up with anyone. I saw a few people in Atheist Nexus t-shirts, but I was too shy to come up and chat to you. Hopefully we'll have another convention before too long and I'll have more courage then!
Comment by Jake Farr-Wharton on March 14, 2010 at 7:51pm
IT WAS AWESOME!

Next year, bloody come to Brisbane, you can all stay at my place!

Pitty there was no reception in the hall, I would have tweeted constantly otherwise!
 

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