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

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Comment by CaptainCook on May 23, 2010 at 8:21pm
I am with Chrys in that this event should not be sponsored by an arm of a state government that also offers immunisation--as it ought to do, of course.

The complication that exists re free speech (which we don't really have in this country, by the way) is that every fringe ratbag group or individual is entitled to have a say which might influence gullible or semi-educated people--witness the existence of religious cults. So--if there is free speech, the egregious Meryl Dorey must have her say--but let it be balanced AT THE SAME VENUE by some sane and rational information from the health department.

Like Chrys, I am a member of Australian Skeptics and have read the enlightening articles on the absurd and dangerous activities of this woman.

Pertussis is horrifying and immunisation unfortunately gives only partial protection. Exposure to varicella zoster ('chicken-pox') can be lethal for leukaemia patients and some people on chemotherapy. Suffering it means the strong possibility of developing herpes zoster ('shingles') in later life. The virus never leaves the body but 'sleeps' along neural pathways.

As for poliomyelitis . . . There was no vaccine for this when I was a child. One year a fine young athlete at my school was struck down with it. He never ran or won high-jump again. He wore callipers.

Even worse than the Meryl Doreys of this world is the push against polio immunisation in the Indian subcontinent--where people are told it is some kind of conspiracy to harm them.

We must present rational truth in a rational and objective manner (not that true objectivity exists--even in science) if we want successfully to counter the New Age forces of darkness.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 23, 2010 at 8:16pm
Horns in, boys. While we're pretty relaxed here, a discussion about proxies is really not on topic in this group. This is a friendly group and while disagreements are welcomed, sniping at each other is not. The members of this group, both of you included, make it a joy to moderate. In fact, moderation is rarely required. By all means, discuss proxies privately and snark at each other as much as you like, but not here.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on May 23, 2010 at 8:13pm
What sneering comments Mr. Sensitive ? I provided a "suck it and see" source of information out of the goodness of my heart. If the price of not having a pile of "but how do I..." followups is your hurt feelings, then it's a bargain.

"A lot of proxies don't work..." That's an excellent reason to not even try. I use proxies on this list to access UK and US content just fine. You should punctuate your positive attitude with "it's all hopeless and I think you ought to know I'm very depressed".
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 23, 2010 at 7:24pm
I disagree Richard. A child dying of whooping cough is a violent death. Dorey advocates that children should not be vaccinated against this disease. This effects not only the children of the parents she influences, but, because it lowers 'herd immunity' endangers the lives of infants too young to be immunised. Allowing her to speak at a public library lends a credibility to Dorey - whether she is paying for the space or not. She is a menace to public health and should not be allowed to speak at this venue.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 23, 2010 at 8:31am
While not strictly 'atheist' I know many of you are also skeptics and will be appalled to hear that the WA State Library has accepted a venue booking from Meryl Dorey of the notorious Australian [Anti-] Vaccination Network for 1 June. This booking comes after the Uniting Church Synod of WA cancelled Dorey's previous booking. This woman's false and misleading information on the 'danger' of vaccines, fuelled by bizarre conspiracy theories go far beyond what should be allowed as 'freedom of speech'. She uses fear and misinformation to frighten parents into not immunizing their children - and this causes illness and death. In the area she lives, her campaign has resulted in a significant increase in pertussis (whooping cough) - a sometimes deadly disease for children.

If you would like to protest against the WA State Library taking this booking you can email: Ms Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of WA -

Or tweet to: @statelibrarywa

More info and links re the AVN on my facebook page
Comment by Фелч Гроган on May 23, 2010 at 8:16am
Folks, borders mean nothing when viewing content. You just cheat -

That is a database of global open proxies. Pick the country you want to be from, add the details into your browser and away you go. Don't ask "but how do I..." here - do what every other non-cripple does and ask the world's biggest tech support manual. You're grownups, you can do it by yourself.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 23, 2010 at 8:05am
Welcome Aberingi! Nice to have you aboard.
Comment by Aberingi on May 23, 2010 at 8:01am
Happy to be here I am an ossie in Spain

Multilingual definition of atheism 79 languages (wiki info)
Comment by Graeme Shalders on May 20, 2010 at 5:46pm
Anyone who missed Lateline can view it on It'll be available there for 14 days from airing.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 20, 2010 at 3:10am
Thanks for the tip, Felch!

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