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: 344
Latest Activity: Oct 2

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

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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 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 WiggidyGirl on July 26, 2010 at 8:17am
The interview with Hirsi Ali is on ABC Lateline tonight was well worth watching. I would recommend checking the website and viewing the video!
Comment by CaptainCook on July 26, 2010 at 6:39am
Has the coalition announced its censorship policy? I find all this deeply disturbing. Have read it elsewhere, too. :-(
Comment by Peter Johnson on July 20, 2010 at 7:22am
Indeed - consider what happened in USA - Gore did not get elected because Ralph Nader took votes - the world got George W.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 20, 2010 at 7:08am
I agree, Felch. I think it would be great if the Sex Parties and Secular Parties merged with the Greens. These splinter parties, while we may like their policies, do nobody any good and just scatter the liberal left's vote. They mean well, but I fear they do more harm than good.
Comment by CaptainCook on July 20, 2010 at 12:05am
Excellent! Maybe it does mean something. :-)

And--Chrys and Richard -- I am in such a dilemma about voting. No WAY do I support any form of censorship (except of the type necessary in WW2). No WAY do I want 'Phony Tony' as PM. See the transcript of Kerry O'Brien's interview with JG on Crikey! or the ABC website if, like me, you were unable to watch it.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 19, 2010 at 8:14pm
I will certainly NOT be voting Labor while they stand for the filter and against gay marriage. Further, I know that many of us are considering ignoring how to vote cards and not preferencing Labor, either. If Labor thinks they will win on Greens preferences they had better consider that the Greens voters are well educated and know that they can direct their own preferences and there are no guarantees they will be directed to Labor.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 19, 2010 at 4:21pm
Have reposted with links and crediting Felch on Facebook and Twitter. Hope you don't mind Felch.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on July 19, 2010 at 4:05pm
Brilliant Felch! Absolutely brilliant! Wild applause!

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