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All Meetups will now be held via Zoom.

Rationalist Meetups

The RSA holds monthly meetings (at this stage, only in Melbourne) for Members and others interested in discussing contemporary issues from a rationalist perspective.

Our meetings are held on the second Wednesdays of the month at the Tivoli Club, 291 Dandenong Rd, Windsor VIC 3181. The club has its own parking area with plenty of room, and it’s on the no 64 and no 5 tram lines (stop no 36 at Closeburn Ave, one stop past Williams Road coming from the city).

We are working on getting similar discussion events running in other Australian cities. If you would like to help host such an event, place contact

Wednesday 9 December 2020Male CircumcisionJeff Lerner will speak on the subject with reference to his article "A Story of Shame" which appeared in The Rationalist of March 2020.

Register for this Zoom Meeting
Wednesday 11 November 2020A case against veganism.Register for this Zoom Meeting
Wed 9 September 2020Bill of Rights for AustraliaRegister for this Zoom Meeting

some links:
Should Australia Have a Bill of Rights?
Australian Bill of Rights Bill 2019
Wed 12 August 2020Whistle Blowers AustraliaJoin Zoom Meeting at 19:30 AEST

Australia has a hotchpotch of State and Federal laws protecting whistleblowers but still, we see whistleblowers being ostracised, their careers being destroyed and some charged with breaking the law with possible prison sentences.

1. Why do Australians not celebrate whistleblowers?
2. Why do we have laws that forbid whistleblowing, allowing unacceptable practices to continue?

some links:
Whistleblower protection in Australia
Whistleblowers Australia
Wed 8 July 2020Universal Basic Income for AustraliaJoin Zoom Meeting at 19:30 AEST

A Basic Income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.

1. What are the pros of a Universal Basic Income?
2. What are the cons of a Universal Basic Income?
3. At what age should a person become eligible, 16 or 18 or another age?
4. Is a Universal Basic income valid for Australia?

some links:
Basic Income Earth Network
Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream
Now is the Time for a Universal Basic Income

Wed 13 May 2020Capital PunishmentJoin Zoom Meeting at 19:30 AEST

Interesting links:
Should we bring back the death penalty
Death Penalty Studies (USA)
Arguments for and against capital punishment
Wed 8 April 2020Meetup CancelledThis Meetup and and all future Meetups will be cancelled until further notice. Will resume again once COVID-19 restictions are lifted
Wed 11 MarchPolitical CorrectnessHas political correctness gone too far? Does it need to be rescued from the gainsayers? Is there an acceptable level that deserves to be preserved?
Wed 11 DecReligious Discrimination BillRead Religious Discrimination Bill: Exposure Draft

And read RSA response to Religious Discrimination Bill
Wed 13 NovRationalist 10 Point Plan for a Secular AustraliaWe will be discussing the Rationalist Society 10 Point Plan for a Secular Australia, as it needs to be updated in the light of recent events.
RSA 10 Point Plan
Wed 11 SeptShould there be a Voice to Parliament for indigenous Australians?Read the Uluru Statement from the Heart and watch a background video
Wed 14 AugustShould drugs like cannabis be legalised?Watch this short video.

And read the RSA arguments here.
Wed 10 JulyShould religious schools be able to hire in their own image?Both sides of politics have come out against schools discriminating against students, but what about staff?
Wed 12 June"Islam & The Future of ToleranceFilm screening at The Nova in Carlton
Wed 8 May The Chaplaincy Challenge RSA Fellow Luke Beck will report on the VCAT case challenging the National School Chaplaincy Program.
Wed 10 AprilStay in or opt out? The pros and cons of My Health Record
Wed 13 March"Why is there something rather than nothing?"Pre-reading: "Will nothing come from nothing?"

RSA's President Emeritus Ian Robinson muses about why there is anything at all!
Wed 13 FebAlternatives to Prayers before Council, and State and Federal Parliaments
Wed 16 Jan 2019

(Note: third Wednesday rather than second, due to Australia being asleep between Xmas and mid Jan!)
The Role of Reason in a Fractious SocietyWe'll begin the discussion with a 20 min video of philosopher Julian Baggini at a recent Qld conference.
Meetings held in 2018
Wed 12 December 2018Homelessness
Wednesday 14 NovemberChaplains in Schools, Hospitals, Emergency Services and the Armed ServicesPlease note the change of DAY OF THE WEEK and VENUE
13 August 2018The Communist ManifestoHow relevant is it today?
9 July 2018China-Australia relations
12 FebruaryReligious Freedoms for the Non-religious
8 JanuaryAn Aussie President
Meetings held in 2017
11 DecemberSport
13 NovemberFalse Witness
9 OctoberHuman Responsibilities
11 SeptemberDemocracy
14 AugustGenital Autonomy
10 JulyWelcome to the World
12 JuneIs the Australian tax system fair?
8 MayThe new Worldviews curriculum
10 AprilGovernment funding of the arts
13 MarchNudity
13 FebruaryDivision of Time
9 JanuaryDrug Law Reform

Information for first time attendees

Transport: Meetings are held at the Tivoli Club on Dandenong Road in Windsor. The club has a private car park, so parking is easy. It’s on the no 5 and no 64 tram routes, stop 36 at Closeburn Avenue. Buses 216 and 219 stop at the intersection of Hotham St and Dandenong Road, just 5 mins walk from the Club.

Protocol: Guests should arrive at 6.15pm. Come upstairs – we’ll be in the first room on the left, before you enter the main dining area. Upon arrival, please introduce yourself to the other guests.

Eating/Drinking: Allow $25 for a meal and drink.

Discussion programme: After some socialising over a meal and a drink, we divide into smaller groups of four or five to discuss a set topic. Topics usually entail some form of ethical dilemma. The idea is to choose which side of the dilemma you align with, and importantly, why. These discussions are designed to encourage critical thinking in action.  Each small group appoints a person to record and report the group’s deliberations towards the end of the meeting.

The evening concludes around 8.30pm.

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