Australia’s 2016 Census Change – “No Religion” Now Up The Top For Ticking

Census 2016 Australia

Now out thanks to the Atheist Foundation of Australia: Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2016 (cat. no. 2008.0) released today...We have now released a publication which outlines the topics included, and procedures to be followed, for the Census.It can be found on the ABS website: What is the news? A change to the form where you indicate your religion... or lack of religious affiliation: What's the difference?The last time that … [Read more...]

If This Is Fascism, Leunig – I’ll Take Community Immunity, Thanks.

Kaz Cooke on Leunig

Leunig is a funny one, as they say over here in Australia.We all seem to love the man with the teapot and the duck; the aphorisms and the poetry, and the simple line drawings that have been around ever since I was a child. I even enjoyed seeing a documentary about him and his influence on Australian cartooning, done a while back.Then as an English teacher, this cartoon about creches was used in an examination ("thoughts of a baby lying in a child-care centre"), with the request … [Read more...]

Ready For ScienceWeek, Perth?

There's an app for that! For all the states, so this applies to everyone, not just for my town:iOS link is here.Android link is here.Some of the highlights locally:PERTH SCIENCE FESTIVALTomorrow and Sunday, the Perth Cultural Centre is set to come alive with the 3rd annual Perth Science Festival marking the launch of National Science Week in WA. Last year’s Festival was an outstanding success, with nearly 10 000 people engaging in hands-on science activities and shows! As a … [Read more...]

Drop It Like It’s Rot – #StopTaxingMyPeriod Protests This Friday In Australia

I did a radio interview with Subeta Vimalarajah about this issue back in May and talked about the petition - and now protests are starting up again!Australia has a goods and services tax (GST), where an extra 10% added to the price of goods and service. Unlike the sales tax in the US, it's already a part of the advertised price, with some items are excluded from this tax, for reasons such as health items - which is why products like tampons should also be excluded.Check out the music … [Read more...]

#MarriageEquality? Nope, Nope, Nope… No Conscience Vote On Same-Sex Marriage

Well, *#&$^#*$&. I'm watching Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott right now. "If this issue comes up in the next Parliament..." - "If"??"If you'd like to see change, the coalition would like to potentially make change, but through a people's vote, not a Parliament's vote".Today I briefly asked a representative from the Centre for Independent studies about the big issues facing the replacement of Bronwyn Bishop as speaker of the house - and this was pretty much the one that came … [Read more...]

REVIEW – Tim Minchin with Lucky Oceans And Friends Sonic Sessions at Fremantle Town Hall

Second row, Fremantle one-off gig. Definitely a special night. I got what was probably the last ticket available - this is for the Angry (Feet) gang!I'm a long-time Fremantle girl - I went to university there, I fell in love for the first time there, I know the place backwards as I've run around all of it when I couldn't afford to drive (and still do to some extent these days - just a little less since my local shops have improved in quality, the council built a huge library, and the advent o … [Read more...]

New Podcasts Out! Token Skeptic #203 And AtheistAus 6 With Shelley Segal!

Atheist Australia

New shows now out! Token Skeptic episode #203 - On After The Gold Rush, Skeptical Archaeology And Light For Riley: I spoke to Miles Greb – creator and writer of After The Gold Rush, on the impending launch of the Kickstarter you can contribute to – check it out today at The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo was held over the weekend in Claremont, and for many attendees it was a chance to meet Greg and Cath Hughes, the parents of Riley.Light for … [Read more...]

Questioning The Efficacy of Homeopathy? Be A Skeptical Pirate!


For a call-to-action, you have to be pretty desperate to make fun of my support of local fashion designers when complaining that there should be more support for homeopathy in Australia: "We have a very special sceptic here Down Under. She is trained in media, partly in psychology and likes to be photographed in shirts or headbands featuring skulls for crying out loud. I never dreamed that my profession would be attacked and attempted to be brought down by someone dressing like pirate!" [Big … [Read more...]

Notes From The Keynote At #FreelanceFocus – “If A Story Isn’t Read Does It Make A Sound?” with Noah Rosenberg

Freelance focus morning

Here's my notes from the Walkley Freelance Focus event in Brisbane - it's a very nice venue and a beautiful setting (although I'm going to have to source a really strong coffee very soon). Here's a shot of what's happening now: a panel discussion on "freelancing is just the beginning".First session with Noah Rosenberg - "If a story isn't read, does it make a sound? Inside the dark art of attracting eyeballs to great storytelling". He's from Narratively, and is encouraging us to explore … [Read more...]

Urban Legendary Podcast #10 – And Live On Radio Tonight!

Urban Legendary logo

Just a quick head's-up as to what's going down - firstly, Urban Legendary Podcast, Episode #10 is out! Our bodies can express our identity – how we dress it, to what we put on it – is living art. Examining this body art/modification subculture is photographer Alia Coate’s latest exhibition – The Wearers. Her subjects from both regional and metropolitan communities across Tasmania illustrate body art as a form of identity. Alia joined me to discuss The Wearers. **** The Perth Freight Link is a … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast #201 Now Out – Science Vs, Pluto, Saving Discovery Centre


It's all happening over here - I'm heading out to do more radio interviews about the local environment and economy, which should appear on the next Urban Legendary show. After doing a 1am-4am live music radio show.At some point, I'll sleep...But in the meantime? How about downloading the newest podcast of mine - Token Skeptic Episode #201? I'm even going to change the intro theme song... depends on feedback. If you'd like to help support the show, just hop over to … [Read more...]