The Rationalist Society of Australia is an association of like-minded people, joined together to promote a rational approach to public policy in Australia and to their own day-to-day lives.
Its aim are:
- To propound and advance rationalism: that is, adherence to the principle that all significant beliefs and actions should be based on reason and evidence, that the natural world is the only world there is and that answers to the key questions of human existence are to be found only in that natural world.
- To stimulate freedom of thought.
- To promote inquiry into religious and other superstitious beliefs and practices.
- To encourage interest in science, criticism and philosophy, as connected factors in a progressive human culture, independent of theological creeds and dogmas.
- To promote the fullest possible use of science for human welfare.
- To promote a secular and ethical system of education.
What does the RSA do?
To achieve its aims, the RSA:
- Issues press releases
- Makes submissions to relevant government and other inquiries
- Holds lectures and conferences
- Publishes papers, journals and newsletters.
Where does the RSA get its money?
The RSA gets its money from members’ fees, journal subscriptions, donations and bequests. The RSA's assets are managed by an independent Investment Committee which reports to the RSA Committee and to members at Annual General Meetings.
Members or others interested in leaving a bequest for the benefit of the rationalist movement should write to the President at email@example.com
What is (was) the Rationalist Association of Australia (RAA)?
The Rationalist Association of Australia is a company limited by guarantee under the Commonwealth Corporations Act. As of 2012, it is in the process of being wound up, its assets having been transferred to the RSA.
How can I join?
You can join online here, or you can write to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 1312 Hawksburn Victoria 3142 to request a hard copy form.