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 Vonnie A on October 19, 2009 at 3:59am
Does anyone know what's happening with the AFA website and forum? The entire site is down. I haven't been on the forum for a couple (maybe even a few?) weeks and have just heard about Jamie (GenericBox). I really want to wish him well and am frustrated that the site appears to be down. Anybody know what's going on? (Kristy? Black? Prote?)
Comment by Russell Blackford on October 12, 2009 at 9:23pm
Oh, and now picked up at Yay-ay!,4445,Interview-With-Russell-Blackford-and-Udo-Schueklenk,Tauriq-Moosa---butterfliesandwheelscom
Comment by Russell Blackford on October 12, 2009 at 7:57pm
For those who are interested, a new interview with Udo Schuklenk and myself about 50 VOICES OF DISBELIEF. It's over at Butterflies and Wheels:
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 6, 2009 at 9:51pm
Yes, Stephen, a certain person did! Good pick up! You can read it here under the heading "Votes in Atheism Too".
Comment by Eddie on October 6, 2009 at 8:30am
Imagining sleeping with Richard Dawkins? A bit too much information don't you think Kristy lol? Yeah I read that small article in The Age about the Atheist Convention. Its great to see the media has taken an interest in the event, well only one media outlet so far but I'm sure there will be more to come coming up to the event. Get ready for backlash from theist's, I'm sure we'll have some fun playing games with the theist's.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 6, 2009 at 4:35am
Support Gay Marriage in Australia. Follow GayMarriageAus on Twitter. The aim is to get a huge following to make the point that the majority of Australians support gay marriage.

Will it help? Who knows? But what's the harm and it takes no effort to offer your support.

They've added 277 followers in less than 24 hours. I imagine many will be atheists. Could be a good network to be part of.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 6, 2009 at 2:13am
An application has been made, Luke - we're waiting with baited to breath to see the extent of their munificence. Perhaps you can write a letter to the editor of the Age on this subject in response to the article. You will have got a message from me with the link this morning.
Comment by Luke on October 6, 2009 at 1:59am
The Age ran an article on the Rise of Atheism conference. It left me wondering when the government was going to come up with the $100 million that they gave the Catholic church to have the pope swing by if they think that Dawkins is the high priest.

Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 5, 2009 at 8:40am
Good on ya Eddie - my copy's by my bed (I like to kid myself I'm sleeping with Dawkins). ;-) I'm two chapters in, but wish I had more time to read. I will get it finished before the Atheist Convention in Melbourne! I will!
Comment by Eddie on October 5, 2009 at 8:32am
Just bought and started reading Richard Dawkin's new book; The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I say it's the rapper Eminem-style two middle-fingers up to the creationist.

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