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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, 2014

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 Chrys Stevenson on November 29, 2009 at 2:37pm
Don't miss David Nicholl's (Atheist Foundation of Australia) opinion piece in today's National Times! Atheist Nexus even gets a guernsey! Please leave a comment!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 29, 2009 at 3:02am
Middle age is a bitch, Praxis.
Comment by Luke on November 29, 2009 at 1:07am
Wow! TAM! Count me in.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 29, 2009 at 12:55am
@Praxis Oh good! So many opportunities for drunken, girly giggling!
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 29, 2009 at 12:45am
Hey Everyone! Exciting news! It's just been announced that the James Randi Education Foundation's next convention will be held in .... Sydney!

Yes! TAM - The Amazing Meeting - will be held at the Sydney Masonic Centre from 26-28 November 2010.


he Line-​​up includes the entire cast of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Brain Dunning from Skeptoid, George Hrab from Geologic, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi from the JRAF, Dr Karl and a host of other local skeptics and freethinkers.

I'm seriously thinking of going. Who wants to join me?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 28, 2009 at 5:15am
And this - thanks to PZ Myers for highlighting this one on Pharyngula:

Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 28, 2009 at 5:11am
This is shocking and moving but it reminds us why we're all here.

Thanks to my friend Sandra for bringing this to my attention.

Comment by Simon Miller on November 28, 2009 at 5:09am
Indeed! I suppose I had better look at organising some transport and accommodation. A pity I can't just forget it and rely on the Lord to provide. ;)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 28, 2009 at 5:02am
Looking forward to meeting you at the Convention, Simon!
Comment by Simon Miller on November 28, 2009 at 4:47am
No nasty comments, just a few pointed questions for the believers. I shall leave them alone but if they take offense at a few questions I am not surprised at their lack of progress in more than a hundred years of meetings.
 

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