Aussie, Kiwi & South Pacific Atheists


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


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:

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:

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 5, 2010 at 6:58pm
Poor old Danny Nalliah from Catch the Fire Ministries seems to be very concerned about Julia's election chances - her being an atheist and all. Let's reassure Danny that, yes, there are lots of us who will vote in a PM who is an atheist.


Come on, we're all big fans of Danny here and we know he wants Julia to win. Do a good deed and set his mind at ease. ;-)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 5, 2010 at 6:15pm
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 5, 2010 at 2:50am
Will the Proposed Internet Filter affect the way you vote in the Federal Election?
Comment by Luke on August 4, 2010 at 9:11pm
Put another AUD25 in for Ron's costs. That should keep the coffee flowing for the legal eagles. :)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 4, 2010 at 5:46pm
Rigbyt, the Australian Secular Lobby is very active and I'm sure they have made submissions wherever relevant. They also actively lobby politicians, including the Queensland Education Minister, in their home state. After working full-time at this for many years, I think they realised that more serious action was needed than submissions and lobbying as most of it seems to be falling on deaf ears. There will be more info to come and I'll post it here as soon as I can.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 3, 2010 at 7:55pm
Thanks Warren. I bought a very expensive pair of shoes on Ebay and then got a major attack of the guilts - so I donated the equivalent amount to the High Court Challenge. Result: guilt-free shoes! ;-)
Comment by Mr Embiggen on August 3, 2010 at 7:43pm
A number of the authors of our book will be donating their fee to the high court challenge. It's not much but it's a start. I've sent your email about the challenge on to my entire address book and will be donating this afternoon. Thanks for the info Chrys.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 3, 2010 at 7:05pm
High Court Challenge Against National School Chaplaincy Program

Breaking News! The High Court Challenge against National School Chaplaincy has announced its legal team.

Representing Ron Williams in the court action will be high profile barrister, Bret Walker SC (Senior Counsel). The importance of having the case represented by such a leading figure in Australian law cannot be overstated. Walker is one of Australia's leading barristers. He has been president of both the NSW Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia and Governor of the Law Foundation of NSW. He is Editor of the NSW Law Reports and Director of the Australian Academy of Law.

Walker will be supported by Gerald Ng, Barrister and the law firm, Horowitz and Bilinsky. The next step in the legal process is approaching, and further details will be released when it occurs.

People, this case is going to be huge and we're expecting some jaw-dropping revelations to be made about our politicians and education systems. Be a part of it. Please donate whatever you can afford at the High Court Challenge website. Ron has put the financial future of his family on the line for this and really needs our support. Besides, for a small (or large) investment, this is a chance to be a part of Australian history.

This is a serious, carefully considered and important step and it needs your financial support. All proceeds will go into a trust fund for the legal costs, not to Ron personally. Please go to the website High Court Challenge, read all about it, and contribute if you possibly can - every dollar will help. Donation using Paypal is now available.

By the way, if you haven't heard of Ron Williams, he's a very talented guy and committed secularist. For something a little lighter than the High Court Challenge, check out Ron's YouTube video: Why Don't Bees Go to Heaven?
Comment by Mr Embiggen on August 3, 2010 at 1:27am
Just wanted to let people know about The next Sam Harris book which comes out in November. It's called The Moral Landscape and it looks like it will reignite the debate more than any book since The God Delusion. We're going to pushing it heavily on our site, so that if we sell enough we get the opportunity to host him here should he come out next year. Anyway see more about it here:
Comment by Фелч Гроган on July 29, 2010 at 6:21am
Extremely rare event tonight for Vonnegut fans - the movie of Slaughterhouse 5 is on the ABC at 12:20 tonight.

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