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: 340
Latest Activity: Mar 1

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 GT on March 7, 2010 at 7:43pm
Comment by GT on March 7, 2010 at 7:41pm
Put your 2 bobs worth in -
"Should the Church of Scientology have charitable status?"
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 6, 2010 at 12:12am
I'm really tired of discussing it Dave. I've organized international conventions and major events. I know how the scheduling is done and I know the windows alloted between events for the convenience of patrons. The only reason I have been pointing it out across various forums is because I know from the many atheist women (and some men) I speak to that clothes have been bought for this event and there will be huge disappointment for those that don't happen to notice that there isn't time for them to get back to their hotel/residence and change. As you and Jason have pointed out in PZ's forum, I'm staying at the Hilton. It doesn't effect me as much as it will others. I am not making the point out of self-interest. Whether or not the significant majority of people are not going to the dinner, a significant number are, a significant number of those will be women and a significant number of those will have laid out money to purchase clothes for what most of us viewed as a 'special event'. As I said, instead of trying to shoot the messenger, a simple apology for any inconvenience would have sufficed.
Comment by Davo on March 5, 2010 at 11:51pm
@Chrys there is nothing to apologise for? there is no spin and it wasn't an oversight; it was a considered decision based on all relevant factors. The significant majority of people attending on Saturday are NOT going to the Dinner and we consider it important to allow adequate time for the presenters and Q&A – after all, the most important part of a Convention is seeing the presenters. If you don’t agree that's fine, we realise we can't please everyone.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 5, 2010 at 6:03am
It might be plenty of time for someone who's staying at the Hilton (me - although as someone with CFS I would have valued a little time to rest between events), it might be fine for someone who doesn't mind getting changed in a public convenience (not me), or who doesn't mind going to a $100 a head dinner in the jeans they've been wearing all day (not me). It might also be fine for someone who is young and agile enough to bolt across the Yarra to their city hotel, shower, change, make-up, touch up their hair and bolt back again (again, not me) but I can assure you for us older people, that's a big ask to do in an hour, Anna.

I do, however, appreciate that work that's gone into the Convention by the many volunteers. I just think it's a shame that this is one detail which causes an inconvenience for ladies (and some gentlemen) who want to look their best for the dinner and aren't necessarily staying on site.

A simple apology from the organizers would also have been better than the 'spin' now being put on this oversight.

It's obvious nothing is going to be done about it, so I appreciate we have to live with it.
Comment by Anna Yeung on March 5, 2010 at 5:44am
As part of the volunteer army who will be registering attendees, I can assure we will be making every effort to get you through the line quickly. Also, when you register on Friday, you'll get your tickets for the entire event- full weekend pass, dinner pass, etc. So you don't actually have to register again for the Saturday Night dinner, that time is just for people who are not getting a full weekend pass. Plenty of time to get changed in between PZed's talk and the start of the dinner.
Comment by Davo on March 3, 2010 at 6:27pm
Or just hang around and go up in your own time, drinks and canapes goes on for a while, and whether you are standing to one side or the other of registration there's not much difference. Just migrate when you feel like it.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 2, 2010 at 11:17pm
Give me your order Felch and I'll stand in line for you.
Comment by Davo on March 2, 2010 at 9:38pm
Felch, unfortunately not as on registration you enter, thus we are also restricted a lot to formats of the MCEC that do this stuff all the time.
18 lines and the fact that many tables are booked together will not take long at all.
Comment by Davo on March 2, 2010 at 9:33pm
Richard J: There is a film crew at the convention events and a DVD will be produced along with footage posted online.

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