Yeah, Australia Isn’t Too Kind If You Turn Up Without A Visa, Right-To-Lifer Troy Newman

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Anti-abortion activist Troy Newman really isn't having a good time today. Or yesterday. It kind of depends what time zone you're in, and he's just gone through both in order to be very, very disappointed.In case you can't read the small print:"As many of you know, I'm scheduled to speak in a national tour with Right to Life Australia, from the 1st to 10th of October. But the Australian Government revoked my Visa at the last minute. The revocation was based on a pile of lies, including … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast Episode. And Another Token Skeptic Podcast Episode. And #PodcastDay!

It helps if I can remember how to get back into the blog... so I can blog.How is everyone? I've just recovered from three weeks without a voice, which pretty much removed my ability to do anything at all for most of September - resulting in three podcasts in quick succession as October rolled in. Mama's gotta pay for the hosting fees of the show after all.I'd outline exactly what it was like, but I think this photo of my wait to get a blood test is as best as I'm going to get without … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Portal And Lego!

Waaaaaaaa!! … [Read more...]

Australian National Science Week Podcasts – Now Out On Token Skeptic


Two podcasts as a part of Australia's National Science Week - and it's with huge thanks to RTRFM, who made these possible, and especially the Talk The Talk podcast.Part One - with The Naked Scientists, Ben Britton of Nat Geo Wild and Costa from Costa's Garden!   Part Two - features some interesting recorded and live interviews - Neil Harbisson of the Cyborg Foundation and Dr Siouxsie Wiles!Big thanks to everyone (Patreons, you rock!) who donated to the RadioThon - I'm sending you some … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]