Saturday 28 May

8:30 – 9:00am




Cassandra Perryman – Convention MC;
Ron Williams – President, Humanist Society of Queensland;
Scott Sharrad – President, Council of Australian Humanists
Meg Wallace
     Academic, Author Freedom from Religion: Rethinking Article 18
Lyndon Storey
     Convenor – ACT Humanist Society
     Why Humanism matters
Amanda Bradley
     Children by Choice
     When Morals Divide Us, Women Suffer
10:55am – 11:15am Morning tea
Maria Delaney
     Social Change Agency
     Religious Instruction and chaplaincy in schools: risks for social justice and violence prevention
Fiona Patten
     Australian Sex Party
     An atheist in parliament – one MP’s journey to separate church and state
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
Alison Courtice
     Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools
     The Windsor way
Dave Copeman
     Queensland Community Alliance
     Effectively lobbying politicians, and building strong community-based campaigns
Bonney Corbin
     True – Relationships & Reproductive Health
Safe Schools Coalition
3:30 – 3:45pm Afternoon tea
Ron Williams
     Williams v. Commonwealth I&II
     Covert evangelical infiltration into Australian public schools
Panel discussion / forum / Q&A
     Religion in public education

Close 4:45pm

Sunday 29 May

8:30 – 9:00am






Jason Ball
     Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016
Matilda Alexander
     Senior Conciliator – Anti-Discrimination Commission Qld
     Discrimination on the basis of not having a religion – protections provided in law for non-religious people.
10:25 – 10:45am Morning Tea
Michael Cope
     President – Queensland Council for Civil Liberties
Julian Burnside
     Barrister, Solicitor, Refugee Advocate, AHoY 2009
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch
Huifen Zeng
     Humanist Society (Singapore)
Max Wallace
     Academic, Author The Purple Economy
     Max Wallace argues that today’s liberal democracies are better described as soft theocracies.
John Bell
     Australian Humanist of the Year 2016
2:50 – 3:05pm Afternoon tea
Panel discussion / Q&A

Close 3:50pm


Program subject to changes