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The City of Perth Library and Boffins Books are proud to present renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling as he speaks about his latest book The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind.
This is a great opportunity to hear the New York Times bestselling author speak about the true tale of how unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention transformed the Seventeenth Century into the crucible of modernity.
March and demand more science funding, communication, literacy and evidence based policy! ...
March for Science Perth
April 22, 2017, 11:00am - April 22, 2017, 1:00am
The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas: Science Funding, Science Communication, Science Policy, and Science Literacy.
Australia Day has always been a controversial day. Indeed in 1938, the sesquicentenary, Aboriginals held a conference for a "Day of Mourning and Protest."
Today there are serious campaigns to change the date of Australia Day. With Fremantle Council holding it's celebrations two days later, after discussions with the local Aboriginal people, to much controversy.
Where does Humanism stand on the issue?
Julian Burnside - Public (Australian Humanist of the Year 2009) at the 2016 Australian Humanist Convention reminded us of the atrocities that have been committed against the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples. In 2015 Dr Carmen Lawrence (Australian Humanist of the Year 2015) told us of the injustices that are still being perpetrated on Aboriginal peoples in Australia.
Humanism stands for justice for all peoples and the rights of all to be treated with the utmost dignity and to experience the opportunity to succeed to the best of their abilities. To determine for themselves how they will live and what they will do with their lives. Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples do not yet have all of these fundamental Human Rights in Australia. Progress has been made, but we still have a long road to travel.
If you'd like to help bring about a future for Australia where it truly no longer matters that your cultural or ancestral background is Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander, then lend your support to the many worthwhile organisations that have been set up by Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. Ask them what they would like you to do.
In the mean time let's #changethedate! It's the least we can do.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union - IHEU has released their Freedom of Thought report and Australia (updated for this years report) is described as having "systemic discrimination" towards non-religious people's ...
The International Humanist and Ethical Union - IHEU has released their Freedom of Thought report and Australia (updated for this years report) is described as having "systemic discrimination" towards non-religious peoples.
The report's section on Australia identifies some of the key aspects that have brought about this classification including the incredibly narrow reading of Australia's separation of Church and State clause in the Constitution (sec. 116), the incredible ease that religions have in gaining tax exempt and deductible gift recipient status and the outsourcing of public social services and welfare programs to religious organisations.
But Australia is lucky when compared to other countries. Three countries are described as having "Grave Violations" across all four categories; Afganistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Whilst a further 26 countries have at least 1 category (predominately the Freedom of expression advocacy of humanist values) marked as having grave violations.