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 Chrys Stevenson on September 29, 2009 at 4:03pm
Just a note to express our concern and hope that our Aussie/Kiwi/South Pacific members, Doug Harrington and Gus Crichton, their family and friends are safe following the tsunami in American Samoa. Doug and his wife Eleanor live in Pago Pago and Gus lives in Apia - these are the two areas worst hit by the tsunami. Just wanted to let you know we're thinking of you, Doug and Gus.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 28, 2009 at 6:07am
Great to know you'll be joining us at the Convention EWQ! I'll post a notice closer to the date and give anyone who's coming to the convention my mobile number so we can all keep in touch.
Comment by SecretWombat on September 28, 2009 at 5:49am
I paid for my and my partner's convention tickets tonight. I'm not sure if I'll buy tickets to the dinner. I'll have to see how my finances are next month! I'm looking forward to meeting you all!
Comment by Luke on September 21, 2009 at 8:21pm
Emailed the immigration minister about Female Genital Mutilation as a spin off of this AN discussion:

Senator Evans

I would like to draw your attention to this Sydney Morning Herald article:
I am sure you are more than familiar with this case.

I would also like to draw your attention to this Global Post story which you may not have read:,0

These Scandinavian countries have drawn a line in the sand. They are clearly telling the world that cultural traditions are no excuse for terrible personal harm to powerless young people.

As I am sure you understand, FGM is sometimes mis-named Female Circumcision which makes people imagine that it is the removal of a small piece of skin and it does no harm. This is not the case. The labia minora and clitoris are removed completely. The stump of nerves to the removed clitoris form a painful scar. The labia majora is then sewn shut. This is all done without surgical sanitation or anaesthetic. There is risk of infection to these external wounds and also infection to the womb as menstrual blood is unable to properly drain.

This said to be done to improve male sexual pleasure and to ensure that the woman has not had sex before marriage. Two reprehensible reasons to do anything.

Australia is a country of intelligent compassion. Could we please join Scandinavian countries and send a clear message to Kenya that FGM is not acceptable to this nation.

Thank you for your time.

Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 21, 2009 at 6:45am
I'm booking accommodation at the Hilton first thing tomorrow morning.
Comment by Luke on September 21, 2009 at 6:39am
Weekend pass and dinner booked and paid for MsNaughty and I. :)
That's four people. Double that and we've got the talent outnumbered.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 21, 2009 at 6:03am
Woohoo! I've bought mine - a full weekend pass (didn't bother with Gold, I want to sit with the unwashed hoi polloi) and the Saturday night dinner.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 21, 2009 at 3:45am
No need to be sorry, Aaron. As I said, we have quite a few Kiwi members and there's no reason why they can't be members of both groups.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on September 21, 2009 at 3:11am
HI Aaron - we have quite a few Kiwis in the Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists group. I think it's great for the Kiwis to have their own group, but I'd be sorry to lose them from this one.
Comment by Mairin Holmes on September 20, 2009 at 9:27pm
what a great comment! maybe they'll start thinking that the little red button is a direct link to God :-) And use it!

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