Same-sex marriage ballot: Skeptics say ‘yes’ to science

Australian Skeptics Inc’s position statement on the nature and quality of the evidence put forward for the same-sex marriage ballot.

NSW Parliament: No conscientious objection to vaccination

Anti-vax rally in Sydney fails to sway pro-vaccination politicians

“Top clairvoyant” refuses Skeptics’ $100,000 challenge

Ruthie Phillips, self-professed “Australia’s Top Clairvoyant-Medium” says psychics can’t be 100% accurate – “it’s an inexact science”.

Combination MMRV vaccines second-dose cleared of risk of febrile seizures

Research into the health effects of the second dose of combination MMRV vaccines has found no association with any increase risk of febrile seizures.

Update – the missing homeopathy submission

Growing international activism re homeopathy ‘submission’ against NHRMC report, but questions about its existence still exist in Australia.

Tickets available for Skeptics Convention dinner

Australian Skeptics’ social event of the year in Sydney, November 18

Italian government makes childhood vaccination compulsory

The Italian government has given final approval to mandating a list of childhood vaccinations for school children up to the age of 16. Under these new requirements, parents must present proof of vaccinations to gain admission into preschools, while parents of children of mandatory school age face fines of up…

Anti-vax film screened at Australian National University

University says “[The screening] was not in any way endorsed by the University”.

TGA’s list of medical indications full of pseudoscience

Proposed product descriptions enshrine nonsensical concepts

French government makes vaccination for kids compulsory

Parents in France will be legally obliged to vaccinate their children from 2018, the government has announced. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was “unacceptable” that children are “still dying of measles” in the country where some of the earliest vaccines were pioneered. This follows some concerning stats on…