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Important information for parents: the facts about vaccination.

Immunisation saves lives. Since the humble observations about cowpox made by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, vaccination programs have saved millions of lives and dramatically decreased child mortality and suffering. Diseases such as smallpox are now consigned to history, while polio has virtually disappeared. But sadly there are some people who are vehemently opposed to vaccinations. While they … Read on »

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: ‘The Future of Science’ with Professor Brian Schmidt

[ Thursday, February 19, 2015; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] ’The Future of Science’ with Professor Brian Schmidt Speaker: Professor Brian Schmidt AC, FRS Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm Date: 19 February 2015 Venue: Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600 Free Admission Come join Professor Brian Schmidt in a Q&A session about the future of science. Want to ask a question? Then ask a question via Canberra Skeptics on Twitter - @cbrskeptics Brian Schmidt is … Read on »

Homeopathy Plus “misleading and deceptive” on whooping cough vaccine

The Federal Court of Australia has found that Homeopathy Plus! Australia P/L and Fran Sheffield, who runs the organisation, “engaged in conduct that was misleading and deceptive or was likely to mislead and deceive” when it declared on its website that the currently available vaccine against whooping cough was unreliable and ineffective. In a judgement handed … Read on »

Anti-windfarm group stripped of tax-deductible charity status

The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) has revoked the Waubra Foundation’s status as a health promotion charity. This means the anti-windfarm group can no longer offer tax-deductible donations. The Waubra Foundation is a group set up in 2010 “to facilitate properly conducted, independent multidisciplinary research into the new health problems identified by residents … Read on »

Vale Steve Walker — magician and skeptic

Australian Skeptics is greatly saddened to hear of the death of one of our staunchest supporters, Steve Walker, who died suddenly and far too early on Thursday, December 11. Past Australian Skeptics president, Barry Williams, writes: “Steve was not only a talented magician, he was also one of those rare people who brightened up the lives of … Read on »

Bent Spoon to CSIRO head

The incoming chief executive of the CSIRO, Dr Larry Marshall, was awarded the much un-coveted Bent Spoon award for 2014 at the Australian Skeptics National Convention in November. The Bent Spoon is the Australian Skeptics’ annual award for the “perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle”. Marshall, even before taking up his new position, … Read on »

Changes to convention program

We have made a few changes to the National Convention program for Sunday, November 30. Unfortunately Robyn Williams has had to withdraw due to ill health. We wish him a speedy recovery. Consequently, we have shuffled some of the Sunday afternoon sessions. A particular change to note is that Peter FitzSimons’ presentation has moved from the final session on … Read on »

Ebola in, Ebola out – new speaker for convention

The latest addition to the line-up of the 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention is Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne. Dr Hill-Cawthorne is a medical microbiologist and lecturer in communicable disease epidemiology at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and School of Public Health, University of Sydney. After completing medicine and medical training and the University of … Read on »

More convention speakers – top communicators

Australian Skeptics are pleased to announce two new speakers for the 2014 convention. These additions cover the best of science and skeptical communication  –  in the media and in the schools. Peter Hadfield, a journalist with a degree in geology and over 20 years’ experience working in print, radio and television, is well known as a prolific YouTuber on scientific issues, including … Read on »

One-day tickets for convention

We’re happy to announce that one-day tickets are now available for the Australian Skeptics National Convention in November. For those with limited time, this will provide the perfect opportunity to attend sessions on either Saturday, November 29, or Sunday, November 30. You can make a choice based on your own availability or on the presentations on a … Read on »

Latest Convention announcements: SGU Extravaganza, welcome social event and dinner entertainment

We’re pleased to announce three new exciting events for 2014 National Convention. SGU Extravaganza George Hrab and the SGU crew will be putting on a special show at 7pm on Friday, November 28  –  the day before the convention proper gets underway. It will take place at the Chatswood Club, and tickets will cost $25. Geo will host the SGU Skeptical Extravaganza … Read on »

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