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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Mel on November 4, 2009 at 3:20pm
like how I like to assign a personality to my alarm clock,

Mine is a hopeless optimist. It's always cheerful, even when announcing that it's 5:30 in the morning. And it crows like a rooster, specifically because it knows it makes waking up ten times more horrific than it has to be.
Comment by Talen Lee on November 4, 2009 at 1:12am
I think Bertrand Russell provided a rather erudite summary:

"As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods."

I'm skeptical of a god. I think, philosophically, that a god would make this world in which we exist, far more horrible than no god could; but this is a disposition, it is not a belief system. I'd like to think a lot of things, like how I like to assign a personality to my alarm clock, but one of the things that divides the nontheists from the theists is that the former is capable of recognising the stuff they make up themselves.
Comment by Ben Turner on November 4, 2009 at 12:10am
@Richard J

Just because there is no evidence that there is no god as opposed to evidence that the is a god, doesn't mean that the the split is 50/50 and therefore needs to be called agnostic. Dawkins goes on and on about this and I believe the above to be the best answer for it. Just because you can't disprove something it doesn't mean that it's correct. We're close enough to 100% atheist that you may as well just call it that in my opinion.
Comment by Ben Turner on November 1, 2009 at 7:16am
I actually just read it and checked back here if anyone else had posted the response to it, seems I was beaten to the punch. It was a good read.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 1, 2009 at 7:03am
Ben, there's an excellent response from physicist, James Richmond, here.
Comment by Ben Turner on November 1, 2009 at 6:53am
Just reading the article from the SMH, scrolled down the bottom to put in my two cents, not only are comments now closed, but most of my points were answered on the first page haha. That article was ridiculous
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 28, 2009 at 2:12am
Mine didn't. :-(
Comment by Eddie on October 27, 2009 at 2:39pm
And a rant against theists from his fellow Melbourne University staff member:
Comment by Jarrod Law on October 25, 2009 at 5:37pm
Not that comment, but a much longer one clearing up misquotes, the writers lack of acknowledgement of intent in atrocities and a few other bits and pieces. Whether they publish it or not is another matter, as always.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 25, 2009 at 5:31pm
I hope you made that comment publicly, Jarrod.

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