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: www.abs.gov.au 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...]

#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...]

Apparently We Can Stop Nominating Gillian Triggs Now!

I just got an email! And in case you missed the story, it's thanks to folks like Jane Caro and social media efforts:"...Clearly there is a lot of support for Gillian in the community as we have received a number of nominations for her. A person only needs to be nominated once to be considered for the Australian of the Year Awards, nominations are selected on the quality, not the quantity. Rest assured Professor Gillian Triggs will now be put forward for consideration in her home state. … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic and Urban Legendary Podcasts Now Out

Daniel, Kylie, John and PZ Swancon 2015

A quick recap of what's been happening podcast-wise, as I get down to more work on producing all the skeptical/atheist things I do while not dealing with a cold! Episode One Hundred And Ninety Nine of the Token Skeptic Podcast – On Skepticism 101 With John Scalzi, Daniel Midgley and Kylie Sturgess -  This is a very long, panel recording – with tremendous thanks to SwanCon and their organisers (and the fellow panelists, John and Daniel!) for allowing this to happen.A 101 on skeptical thinki … [Read more...]

New Philosophy, Science, ChatShow Funny Podcast – Kinda Thinky!

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Check it out - it's Kinda Thinky!They've been doing sold-out live shows since last year, included live-streaming, recorded video shows (that you can pay and get all of the series via Vimeo On Demand - a very good deal and I highly recommend it) - and now podcasts!In September 2014 CPAS academics Rod Lamberts and Will Grant launched KindaThinky, an innovative live talk show that takes place in Canberra’s Civic Pub. Every one of their shows has sold out, and KindaThinky has been the talk o … [Read more...]

Dreaming Too Loud With Geoffrey Robertson – Perth Review

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Perth events! There's been a number recently, and this is my belated review of going to see Geoffrey Robertson, the man that Christopher Hitchens described as 'the greatest living Australian'. An absolutely fantastic, thought-provoking, both poignant and occasionally very funny show - and it was a pity that it was a one-night only event (which is true for other shows in the national tour too; I hope that it is filmed or broadcast in the future). The tour raises funds for the Public Interest A … [Read more...]

Podcast, Current Projects, On The Radio And More

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It's been a while since I blogged, but the first thing I should do (as many others have been doing) is direct your attention over to the request on No Longer Quivering: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2014/09/fundraiser-for-nlq-founder-vyckie-garrison/ Vyckie Garrison, the founder of this site No Longer Quivering, needs our help. Please consider donating to my friend Vyckie Garrison so she and the youngest five children can stay in their home. No Longer Quivering’s founder, Vy … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Safe And Secular.org With Michael De Dora

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Over on the Token Skeptic podcast #184, you can hear the latest episode of the show - here's what we discussed.As you may have heard in the news this week, the American Food and Drug Administration has given a controversial Houston doctor the green light to continue providing experimental cancer treatments.The FDA has lifted restrictions on a clinical trial run by Stanislaw Burzynski, who for nearly 40 years has claimed that he has discovered natural substances that can fight certain … [Read more...]

Not-So Christian Charity To J.K Rowling, Tweets Dignity Project

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I had to look not twice, but three times at this Tweet:(Link goes to a screenshot of the Tweet taken by Tweeter jearle) - the Guardian article the Tweet in question links to is this one.I tried to find out more about the charity who said this about Harry Potter's author (who, in case you've wondered if there is any basis in fact about her stinginess, here's an summary about a few of the causes she's supported... oh, and "J.K. Rowling's charity giving knocks her off Forbes' … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Tony Abbott, President of the USA of Australia (Last Week Tonight)

Yeah... … [Read more...]


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