Dr Rodney Syme was named the Australian Humanist of the Year 2017 in recognition of his compassionate advocacy for the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria and around Australia, sometimes at great professional risk, and for expressing fundamental Humanist values whilst doing so. Below is his acceptance speech given at the Gala Dinner held in Melbourne on 8 April, 2017.Tags: AHOY, Humanism, assisted dying, voluntary euthanasia, Australian Humanist of the Year, acceptance speech
Rosslyn Ives, editor of Australian Humanist, discusses the history of freethought, secularism, rationalism and Humanism in Australia; Its influences and key movers and shakers. It is an expanded version of a contribution she gave at the 'Secularism in the Modern World' conference held in Melbourne on 31 October, 2015Tags: Issue 122, Freethought, History, Australia, Rationalism, Secularism, Humanism
As humanists, we seek to understand our world, without a need to seek guidance from culture. When we humans first began to speak, we quickly discovered the need for questions if we were to understand each other. Then came other questions, thousands of them. There were storms and hail, drought and gales, beloved dead parents came to one’s dreams, from where? Always some-one asked ‘Why? Did those parents still exist somewhere? Answers were found by our ancestors.Tags: Issue 122
The Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS) welcomes today's (15/11/17) announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of a 61.6% yes vote for marriage equality in the Australain marriage law postal survey. We urge the Parliament to move as expeditiously as possible to legislate for marriage equality now. The battle for marriage equality is not yet over. But hopefully it is moving much closer to success now. Now it is time to change the law! CAHS President Lyndon Storey said "Along with so many other Australains I am delighted by the reults of the survey.
The Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS) strongly supports marriage equality and urges all humanists, and all Australians, to support marriage equality in the upcoming postal survey.
All people should have equal rights to marry the (adult) partner of their choice. Supporting marriage equality is part of building a society that respects human dignity and equality. CAHS strongly urges all humanists, and all who oppose discrimination, to support marriage equality.