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Census Points To Humanism To Avoid Dangerous Trends In A Post-Christian Australia

Written by Murray Love and Published Fri, 30/06/2017 - 18:57

The August 2016 Census of Australia has been released. Australians are turning away from religion in droves. However identity politics, religious schools, and ‘the habits of a lifetime’ continue to exaggerate the figures for Christianity in Australia.


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

Humanist Community Workers: A project for Australian Humanism

Written by Lyndon Storey and Published Mon, 27/03/2017 - 00:00

Lyndon Storey will be presenting on this topic at the upcoming Australian Humanist Convention 2017. Purchase your tickets online today!

Tags: Australian Humanist Convention 2017, community, Foundations, Worldview, organized Humanism

Alternative Facts and Truthiness

Written by Alison Courtice and Published Mon, 23/01/2017 - 13:01
Sean Spicer addressing the press from inside the White House

I made some slight changes to President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer's first "speech" to make it sound a lot more truthful. Enjoy- 


Recap: The Future of Organised Humanism in Australia

Written by Scott Sharrad and Published Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:40

On Friday May 27, 2016 after the Annual General Meeting of the Council of Australian Humanist Societies delegates participated in a discussion workshop about the future of organised Humanism in Australia and its role.

Tags: organised Humanism, future, community, advocacy, education, discussion

Humanism and Artificial Intelligence

Written by Mary-Anne Cosgrove and Published Sat, 05/11/2016 - 11:43

Mary-Anne Cosgrove discusses a recent discussion group held by the ACT Humanist Society on the implications of Artificial Intelligence from a Humanist perspective and shares some of the questions and issues discussed

Tags: AH 124, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness

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

The Cost of Armaments

Written by Val Yule and Published Sun, 31/07/2016 - 12:26

A series of before-and-after pictures shows the cost to a city that is bombed. A recent example is the UNESCO-listed sites in the Syrian city of Aleppo – one example is given above. After bombing these sites were all rubble.

Tags: Issue 122

A Humanist life from Shakespeare

Published Fri, 08/07/2016 - 14:12

John Bell was named Australian Humanist of the Year for 2016 joining such people as Lionel Murphy (parliamentarian and jurist who introduced no-fault divorce and civil marriage ceremonies among many other reforms), Fred Hollows (ophthalmologist), Eric Bogle (singer/songwriter) and many others. It is customary for the recipient to give an address on the occasion of their presentation. Unfortunately, John Bell wasn’t able to be present in Brisbane in person but gave his address from Humanist House in Sydney. His address is reproduced here in full where he speaks about his life journey through the works of Shakespeare and how it has led him to a humanist philosophy and outlook on life

Tags: Australian Humanist of the Year, Shakespeare, Life, Journey, John Bell