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 Luke on February 9, 2010 at 8:01am
You'll recognise me, Annie. I'll get up real close and sniff you! :)
Comment by Ann Gegan on February 9, 2010 at 7:36am
Hello everyone, I joined a few days ago but have not really had a chance to have a good look around. It's great to be here. Unfortunately Chrys, it's one more Aussie but I do have dual citizenship with Ireland too so that might mean I'm only adding .5 to the Aussie tally. Ive also visited NZ often so that .5 might be diluted with some kiwi influence by now too. Actually, don't count me at all. It's too confusing. ;-) Anyway, Im looking forward to finding my way around here and getting to know some more rational people. I see there are lots of people from the AFA here too which is great. I am really looking forwrd to the Convention and being able to replace avatars with real faces. Thanks Chrys for being a face I will recognise! ;-)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 7, 2010 at 4:54pm
Richard J - I understand that plans are underway to make a DVD of the Convention. I don't know whether it will be released as edited highlights or as a full recording of the proceedings - or maybe both.

Praxis - Mr Black's real name isn't John Smith, so you can rest easy. On the other hand, Felch Grogan's real name is Felch Grogan and there's nothing the poor lad can do about it. :-(
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 7, 2010 at 3:12pm
Meanwhile, Felch and Black have decided to follow suit and reveal their true identities:

Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 7, 2010 at 8:14am
You and Felch can still call me Krusty, Black.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 7, 2010 at 7:43am
When I first joined Atheist Nexus, for personal reasons, I decided to do so under a slightly altered version of my real name - Kristy Vensson.

Circumstances have now changed and I think it is appropriate that I change my profile name to my real name - Chrys Stevenson.

I hope this won't cause too much confusion, but I have found keeping two identities on the internet is becoming unwieldy and unnecessary.

Chrys
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 31, 2010 at 7:01pm
Just three seats left on the Atheist Nexus tables for the Saturday night Convention dinner.

If you have dinner tickets and would like to sit with us, please let me know urgently at atheistnexus dot australia at gmail dot com
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 30, 2010 at 7:01pm
The Global Atheist Convention is now SOLD OUT. Well done to all involved.

I am currently trying to fill a second Atheist Nexus table for the Convention dinner on Saturday night. If you have a ticket and haven't arranged your seating yet, why not sit with us?

If you'd like to join us for dinner, please contact me as soon as possible either here or at atheistnexus dot australia at gmail dot com
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 29, 2010 at 6:25pm
Only 11 Sunday tickets left for Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne. Otherwise - entirely sold out. Amazing!
Comment by Luke on January 29, 2010 at 5:54pm
@Bruce. Survey done.
 

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