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Blackmores funds Sydney Uni chair in ‘integrative medicine’

Vitamin and supplements company Blackmores is funding a “chair in integrative medicine” at Sydney University. Apparently the University approached Blackmores about the relationship rather than the company making the first move. The new position is titled the Maurice Blackmore Chair which, according to an announcement from the University made today, “honours Maurice Blackmore [founder of the company], a pioneer … Read on »

Brisbane Skepticamp July 19

[ Saturday, July 19, 2014; 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Brisbane Skeptics in the Pub will be running a Skepticamp event on July 18 at the Hamilton Town Hall, cnr Rossiter Parade and Racecourse Road. Everyone from casual skeptics to experienced commentators can participate, filling 15 minute slots on a topic of their choice. Special guests at the Camp include Loretta Marron OAM, multiple Skeptic of the … Read on »

2014 Convention – tickets on sale now

Tickets for the 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention are now on sale via the Skeptics shop. The Convention will be held from November 28  –  30 in the Concert Hall of The Concourse, Chatswood in Sydney’s northern suburbs. There are three different ticketed events  –  the Convention itself, running over two full days from November 29  –  30; the Convention dinner featuring a special SGU … Read on »

Media Watch blasts AVN – “deceptive”, “baloney” and “bulldust”

ABC-TV’s Media Watch program has described the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) as “deceptively-named” and an “obsessively anti-vaccination pressure group that’s immunised itself against the effect of scientific evidence”. In a segment of the program titled “False balance leads to confusion”, which went to air on October 1, host Jonathan Holmes also referred to an AVN claim about … Read on »

Ken Harvey, the Consumer Champion

Choice (The Australian Consumers Association) has named Dr Ken Harvey as its Consumer Champion for 2012. The organisation says that “Ken really put himself on the line when he went up against weight loss company SensaSlim last year. When he lodged a complaint about their ads with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), SensaSlim threatened to sue him … Read on »

Bent Spoon to RMIT; Skeptic of the Year to Loretta Marron

At the recent national convention of Australian Skeptics, held in Sydney at the Australian Museum on November 19, the not-so-coveted Bent Spoon Award was given to RMIT University “for having a fundamentalist chiropractic education program  –  if the word education can be used in this way  –  and for endorsing the practice by targeting children and infants in their … Read on »

Power Balance admit to misleading claims

In a move that has been welcomed by skeptical groups all over the world, an Australian consumer watchdog group, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instructed Power Balance to cease making misleading claims about their silicone bracelets. The performance sports bracelets, which have gained considerable popularity via high profile athlete endorsements, have become an essential … Read on »

More TAM speakers

We’re happy to announce additional speakers for the already stellar line-up of TAM Australia. A highlight of the convention will be the appearance of Dick Smith in a special reunion meeting with James Randi  –  the two initial founders of Australian Skeptics, on stage at the one time. This will be a once in a lifetime experience. Also among … Read on »

AVN in more trouble

In a report on the ABC’s Lateline program on August 4, it was stated that the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) had been found guilty by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) of potential breaches of charity fund-raising laws. The AVN raises much of its income from donations based on its status as a … Read on »

TAM Australia Sold Out!

Tickets for TAM Australia have sold out. A limited number of full-priced tickets may be released at a later date should they become available. Keep your eyes on the official website at for any further developments. The website will provide possible future registration information as well as updates about speakers, accommodation … Read on »


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Sydney Dinner Meeting — 20 June

Nicole Rogerson will speak about the myths versus reality of autism. Go to our shop to book your place.


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