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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 »

2015 Skeptics convention – Schmidt, Gerbic, Nickell

The organisers of the 2015 Australian Skeptics National Convention have announced the first round of speakers. Top of the list are astronomer and Nobel laureate Prof Brian Schmidt; US guerrilla skeptic Susan Gerbic; and the world’s leading investigator of the paranormal, Joe Nickell. Other speakers include: journalist Signe Cane; writer and science researcher, Holly Warland; Peter Ellerton, lecturer in … Read on »

Sydney dinner — Medical madness

Dr Brad McKay, co-host of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, will give a talk on “medical madness” at a Skeptics dinner to be held in Sydney on March 28. “Health care in Australia is full of fictitious diseases, fake treatments and pseudoscientific terminology,” he says. “Some health problems are also very embarrassing to mention in polite company, and … Read on »

New York AG orders removal of false health supplements

The Well Blog section of the New York Times reports that the State’s attorney general’s office “has accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves”. According to the blog, the authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements … Read on »

Chiro at the convention

The recent 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention has just been reviewed in the February issue of The Australian Chiropractor (TAC). Interestingly, our recollection of the events are somewhat different to how the report’s author saw things unfold. See our blog on the claims and the reality here. … Read on »

Two accounts of one conversation

We have received some entertaining correspondence. The recent 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention has just been reviewed in the February issue of The Australian Chiropractor. … 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 »

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Sydney Dinner Meeting — 28 March

Dr Brad McKay will speak about Medical Madness & Embarrassing Bodies. Go to our shop to book your place.

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