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 Chrys Stevenson on December 18, 2010 at 5:43pm
Thank you so much, Vangelis. Glad you enjoyed it.
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on December 18, 2010 at 5:40pm
Wow Chrys, I didn't know you were a writer. Very well written and very witty. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on December 16, 2010 at 3:42pm
Reason's Greetings -

Hey all. I've had a Christmas article published on Online Opinion today. It's a bit of a seasonal love letter to all my atheist friends. Hope you'll enjoy it. If you do, would you please click 'Like', retweet if you're on Twitter and maybe leave a comment?
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on December 14, 2010 at 3:22am

Assange - Villain or Saint?


You decide. If you wish to support him, however, read on:


Dear Friend,

Sarah Palin wants Julian Assange hunted as a terrorist 1. She's among a swelling chorus of American politicians calling for the arrest - and even the death - of the Australian citizen who runs Wikileaks. It's a shame that real terrorists, of the kind that we should be focusing our attention, don't show up at British Police stations with their lawyers, as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange did yesterday.

Here in Australia, Prime Minister Gillard pre-emptively judged Mr. Assange "illegal," even as the Attorney General confirmed that no Australian nor international crime by wikileaks has been identified 2.

The death penalty? Judgment before trial? This isn't the kind of justice system we have in Australia. If our Government won't stand up for the rights of Australian citizens, let's do it ourselves.

We're printing a huge ad in prominent American newspapers with the statement our Government should have made - signed by as many Australians as possible. Will you add your name to the signatories, and invite your friends to join too?

The statement:

Dear President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder:

We, as Australians, condemn calls for violence, including assassination, against Australian citizen, Julian Assange, or for him to be labeled a terrorist, enemy combatant or be treated outside the ordinary course of justice in any way.

Australia and the United States are the strongest of allies. Our soldiers serve side by side to this day. We've experienced, and condemned, the consequences of terrorism together. To label Wikileaks a terrorist organisation is an insult to those Australians and Americans who have lost their lives to acts of terrorism and to terrorist forces.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "information is the currency of democracy" 3. Publishing leaked information in collaboration with major news outlets, as Wikileaks and Mr. Assange have done, is not a terrorist act.

If Wikileaks or their staff have broken international or national laws, let that case be heard in a just and fair court of law. At the moment, no such charges have been brought. We are writing as Australians to say what our Government should have: all Australian citizens deserve to be free from persecution, threats of violence and detention without charge, especially from our friend and ally, the United States.

We're printing this statement in the Washington Times and New York Times early next week - and the more Australians sign, the more powerful the message will be. Please add your name by clicking below, and forward this message to friends and family:

What has started with WikiLeaks being branded as terrorists won't end there.

In fact, just yesterday U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, said that the New York Times should also be investigated under the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing a number of the diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks 4. We can help stop such plans in their tracks, by showing how they are affecting the image of the US in the eyes of their staunchest friends and allies.

Click here to sign the statement before it's published in the New York Times and Washington Times.

Thanks for being part of this,
the GetUp team.


[1] Beckford, M., 'Sarah Palin: hunt WikiLeaks founder like al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders', The Telegraph, 30 November 2010.

[2] Oakes, L., 'Oakes: Gillard gushes over US leaks', Perth Now, 4 December 2010.

[3] The quote is widely attributed to Jefferson, but some now dispute whether he actually said it. We know, at least, that he said "knowledge is power," even if Francis Bacon did say it first.

[4] Savage, C., 'U.S. prosecuters study WikiLeaks prosecution', The New York Times, 7 December 2010.

Comment by CaptainCook on December 11, 2010 at 5:24am
Comment by CaptainCook on December 4, 2010 at 8:35pm
If anyone is interested, I have just emailed the following to the Prime Minister:

Given your failure to support Julian Assange, and your apparent support (therefore) of secrecy, you have lost my support.

I can repeat the same comment re gay marriage.

This country desperately needs a leader (and a political party behind her/him) that is strong, independent and decisive. No present Australian political party, in my view, fulfils those requirements. Instead--we witness speeches that are a tangle of jargon and spin; policies (like the excellent mining super tax) abandoned to appease the powerful and a paucity of what I would call real leadership. The true leaders are faceless and not even elected members of Parliament.

I am an ALP fellow-traveller, but cannot support a party I see as fundamentally undemocratic and a leader who will not support freedom of speech. Yet--what a heroine you could have been, had you stood up for Julian Assange.

Shame, Ms Gillard, shame!
Comment by Luke on December 3, 2010 at 11:16pm is down. @wikileaks tweeted: WikiLeaks now available at

The net just routes around a little thing like government. :)

viva l'netizens!
Comment by CaptainCook on December 3, 2010 at 7:34pm
I have copied this from the Wikileaks website. Can I appeal to all members to support Julian Assange and transparency?

We explore…and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge…and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias…and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all. - The Mentor
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 22, 2010 at 5:44am
Ha Richard - new photo? So you really are a Cavalier King Charles? Can I scratch your belly when we meet at TAMOz?
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on November 22, 2010 at 5:30am
Last year, the Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists Group awarded the inaugural Monty Miller Award for freethought activism. Sean has held that award throughout 2010, but it's now time for us to consider who should be given the honour for 2011.

If you would like to nominate someone who has had an impact on the dissemination of reason and critical thought or has been a major campaigner in combatting dangerous ideas based on dogma or a belief in non-evidence based thinking, please nominate them here.

I would like to nominate Warren Bonett, editor of The Australian Book of Atheism for our 2011 award. However, because I am so closely associated with Warren, I am happy to disassociate myself from the decision-making process. Who among our regular readers is interested in forming a small decision-making committee to award the next Monty? Richard Jamieson - I'm looking at you as chairman of the board. ;-)

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