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, 2015

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 5, 2010 at 11:52pm
Richard, once the blog is out there, I have no control over how it's used.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 5, 2010 at 10:38pm
Hey all! I don't often blog these days, but the recent unprecedented attacks on atheists by Australian clergy prompted this response: "We Didn't Start the Fire". I've posted it on the Sunshine Coast Atheists new website. I hope some of you will read, comment and, if you like it, pass it on through your own networks.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 5, 2010 at 9:17am
It is time we proclaimed - loudly and often - that freedom to practise the religion of one's choice does NOT include the right to practice aspects of it which cause significant or permanent harm to others, no matter how important these aspects may be to the integrity of the person's subjective belief system.

"Freedom of religion" does not include the freedom to harm people in the name of religion.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 5, 2010 at 8:52am
Check out my response to the attack mounted on Melbourne Convention atheists by the Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on April 3, 2010 at 5:11am
Bruce Everett of Thinkers' Podium responds eloquently to the abuse on behalf of atheists. Please read and comment.
Comment by Simon Miller on April 2, 2010 at 2:45am
George Pell - so many lies! link
"Christianity changed all this." NO it didn't.
"The many excellent government agencies are religiously neutral, secular and not anti-God, paid for largely by the taxes of the Christian majority," Don't atheists pay taxes??
"But we find no community services sponsored by the atheists." Lies, all lies George.
Comment by Luke on March 30, 2010 at 4:54am
@Kid: Already involved with ASP. With any luck ASP will take the balance of power of the Family First senator. He's not helping us netizens at all.

Viva la République de l'internet!
Leave all these interfering meat puppets to their stupid rules and religions.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 30, 2010 at 1:25am
Write a book review to win a book!

Review any book on Atheist Nexus member, Warren Bonett's Embiggen Books online store and you will have a chance to win your choice of: Orwell Diaries, Nature’s Clocks or Darwin’s Sacred Cause.

Embiggen Books is a science, philosophy and art bookstore, so there's sure to be a title you've already read and want to review.
Comment by Luke on March 29, 2010 at 11:44pm
It's funny to think that a globally irrelevant thing like an Australian Senator thinks he can school Google on how the internet works. His main beef with Google was that they said that they "love cash" during a presentation to Wall Street... the home of loving cash. This shows the anti-business stance of the Rudd government. By Conroy's assessment, if Google (through some bout of insanity) offered to re-locate to Australia or increase their Australian operations he would have to say knock them back because they love cash a bit too much for Conroy's taste.

The major difference between Google and Conroy is that Google very quickly fixed what people didn't like. They misread the market and reacted according to the will of the masses. The kind of thing that one would expect from a politician, yes? Vote One The Google Party!

This is the Radio National discussion on the net filter. Link:

It all comes back to the old adage... Oops. Wandered off to another tab. Damned tabbed browsing and my short attention span. This paragraph started an hour ago now I've forgot that old adage. It suffices to say that it was particularly relevant.

Senator Conroy! Why can't you legislate against me having too many tabs open. You know it makes me forget what I'm talking about.

(Wanders off muttering...)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 28, 2010 at 6:01am
Maria Proctor of the Qld Humanists has advised us of a protest to be held a Parliament House, Brisbane on Tuesday, 13 April at 8.30am.

I know it's a difficult day and time, but if any of you would like to join me there, it would be great to see you. I think this is an important cause and it would be good to give it our support.

Get Secular Back in the Act - Protest

Start Date/Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:30 AM
End Date/Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:30 PM



Protest against 100 years of religious privilege in Queensland!

When introduced in 1875, the Queensland Education Act guaranteed a free and secular education for every child. A controversial referendum in 1910 allowed ministers of religion to conduct religious instruction and bible lessons. Every incidence of the word secular was removed from the Act. During the succeeding 100 years this amendment has resulted in religion (particularly Christianity) being given a privleged position within our education system. We want to see an education system that respects the right of children to freedom of religion and belief.

Join us at the gates of Parliament House from 8:30 am!

Speakers at the protest will include Dr Max Wallace and HSQ President, Maria Proctor.
For further details phone/ text Maria on: 0438 630 450

Wear the freethought and secular colours of yellow and purple to show your support!

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