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

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 June 23, 2010 at 9:49pm
"Julia Gillard, ... said through a spokeswoman that she was a ''non-practising Baptist'' and ''not religious''.
Comment by Luke on June 23, 2010 at 9:47pm
I don't want her to discuss it. I want us to be a secular society. That should mean that religion just doesn't come up... shouldn't it? I don't want her ramming my ideas down other's throats or making laws to specifically advantage my world view.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on June 23, 2010 at 9:40pm
No, and I don't anticipate we'll get one. I'd bet the house on the fact she's an atheist, but I'd probably also bet the house on the fact she won't discuss it.
Comment by Luke on June 23, 2010 at 10:01am
The National Party must have seen the writing on the wall. They came out with an anti-filtering statement (party not elected people) the other day.

This was after I have a 1 hour chat with my state member about the weakness of the filtering idea. I emailed the Libertus Information Laundering document to him too. His seat overlaps the federal leader of the Nationals. I did my bit and I'll crow at anyone who'll listen :D

Abbott might attract all the Rudd fans for the Libs. They were inseparable and indistinguishable.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on June 23, 2010 at 9:29am
The good news is that Kate Lundy has already said tonight re the internet filter - “I think the change of leadership presents opportunity for a change.” So, that's something that may be on the agenda - esp if Lundy gets Conroy's job in a new cabinet.
Comment by Luke on June 23, 2010 at 9:26am
Emailed asking if this would be the end of the net filter.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on June 23, 2010 at 9:23am
This is one of those times when I really don't want to say correlation does not imply causation!
Comment by Luke on June 23, 2010 at 9:17am
Rudd attends a fundy religious meeting... next day he's challenged. Co-incidence? Has the public said: "He went where and said what?!" Or is this wishful thinking on my part?

Also: I've just booked the flights for TAM Sydney! :D
Comment by Luke on June 23, 2010 at 1:07am
Holier Than Thou

Winning the Christian vote isn't easy, but since God's rule is the only way to save the country from Satan, both Rudd and Abbott are going hard to woo moralistic voters like Ben Pobjie

In every election, the one issue on which I base my entire voting decision is this: How good are the various party leaders at discussing social issues in a way that pleases church groups with which I have no affiliation?

I’m in the majority here. This issue, I think, goes to the heart of any serious voter’s calculations, involving as it does so many of the important considerations we have to deal with as informed citizens of a democracy. Considerations like, how do I want my children to grow up? Do I want them to grow up at all? Are there gays outside my window? Why do I get funny feelings when I browse the magazine aisle at Woolworths? How can my elected leaders make me feel like a better person without my having to actually do anything worthwhile? These are the things that determine how comfortably our lives proceed, and we need to know that our politicians are making some sort of convincing pretence at caring about them.

Link - New Matilda

It seems that we are stuck with idiot leader one and idiot leader two so we may as well poke fun at them...
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on June 21, 2010 at 7:25am
Don't miss this brilliant piece of art from Warren Bonett of Embiggen Books. Apart from running the best rationalist bookshop in the known universe, Warren is also a brilliant artist. He's taken an Old Master's painting and merged it with photos of Abbott, Rudd and Pell to make a biting artistic comment about the infiltration of religion into Australian politics. Honestly people, a must see!

Abbott, Rudd and Pell: A Holy Trinity?

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