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Humble Doctor; Humanist to the Core

Written by Rodney Syme and Published Fri, 16/06/2017 - 10:47

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

The Pride Cup: A Case Study in Tackling Homophobia in Sport

Written by Rosslyn Ives and Published Thu, 03/11/2016 - 17:19

Jason Ball spoke about his journey coming out as a gay AFL player at the recent Australian National Humanist Convention and how it led him to be the activist for secular, gay and mental health rights in Australia.

Tags: AH 124, Young AHoY, Pride, LGBTI+

Freethought Activity in Australia: from margins to mainstream

Written by Rosslyn Ives and Published Wed, 14/09/2016 - 10:39

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, 2015

Tags: Issue 122, Freethought, History, Australia, Rationalism, Secularism, Humanism

Societies and their Stability

Written by Glen McBride and Published Fri, 22/04/2016 - 00:00

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.

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Australian Humanists support Marriage Equality

Published Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:36

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.


Humanists welcome the real good news

Published Thu, 29/06/2017 - 09:38

Humanists see the positives in the ongoing and accelerating decline of religion in Australia. Humanism offers a values based alternative to religion, an alternative that does not rely on imaginary super beings.

The release of the 2016 Census confirms that more and more Australians are turning away from religion. The Australian Humanist movement fully expects that the number of Australians identifying as having no religion will increase yet again with the next census.