Past Meetup

The Sydney Atheists 9th of August Monthly Talk

This Meetup is past

75 people went

Strattons Hotel

249 Castlereagh Street, 2000 · Sydney

How to find us

Call Morgan on 0451 035 088 or Steve on 0450 123 211

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We do request at a minimum a couple dollar donation to cover any other costs we incur, we are not for profit and 100% of funds will go to operating the group.

The Friday 9th of August talks will be:

First talk;

Professor Peter Baume - From Judaism to Disbelief


Professor Peter Baume is a former senator. One of his final acts as a senator was to cross the floor of parliament to vote in favour of a bill giving equal employment opportunity in some government-owned bodies. More recently Peter has been Professor of Community Medicine at the UNSW, chancellor of ANU. Since 2000, he has been an honorary research associate with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW. He has also been Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (, Deputy Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS and Foundation Chair of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (

How a tsunami can affect belief.

Second talk;

Dr Stephen Mutch - Political Secularism in Australia.

- Cults and religion


Dr Stephen Mutch is a former member of both the NSW State and Federal parliaments. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.

This talk will focus on the status and effectiveness of secularist forces in Australia. Time permitting Stephen will also discuss cults and religion from the perspective of policy frameworks for the regulation of religious and quasi-religious groups.

Please note that the dinner and talks will both be at the one venue, First Floor Strattons Hotel, 249 Castlereagh Street Sydney.

Dinner will be available from 6.00pm whilst the talks will begin at 7.00pm.

You will be able to eat before or during the talks. We will also have a 15 minute intermission. This venue affords us much in the way of social possibilities as well as the talks. Please note that catering will not be available after 8.30pm. Meals are available from $10.00.

Location: 249 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW (
The nearest station is Museum, whilst Town Hall Station is a 5 to 10 minute walk.

Once a month the meetup meets for a topical discussion with a special guest. Special guests in the past have been members of the meetup, who spoke on a topic of their choice, or experts from outside, speaking on a topic of their expertise. If you wish to speak, or know somebody who would like to speak to us, please contact Steve[masked] or Morgan[masked]. Slots are either 1 hour or part there of to make up the hour.