Dear All,

Please open/download this flyer relating to the 13-14 October 2012 Humanist Society of Queensland conference:

Separation of Church and State Schools – time for reform in Queensland?

This event will possibly be the most important and constructive of its kind to have been staged in Queensland.

The keynote address will be provided by Prof Marion Maddox, Director - Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, NSW.

Mr Greg Purches, Deputy General Secretary of the Queensland Teachers’ Union will be among the seven prominent speakers at the event. The presence of Mr Purches will provide an excellent opportunity for concerned Queensland parents, citizens and teachers to directly relate any concerns, experiences and anecdotes to the QTU.

The same personal communication access will also apply to ACSSO President Mr Peter Garrigan who will also be speaking at the event. ACSSO—the Australian Council of State School Organisations—is the peak national organisation representing the interests of the parents, families and school communities of more than two million children attending government schools throughout Australia. ACSSO’s formal structure currently comprises six State and Territory peak government school organisations and their membership networks.

Bookings can be made at the HSQ website:

Should the conference not be relevant to you, please forward this webpage to any other persons who might have an interest in attending.


Humanist Society of Queensland (HSQ)


Agenda Saturday 13 October 2012
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Arrive -
Meet, greet, drinks & mingle

6:30 - 7:30
Movie - The Lord is not on Trial Here Today

7:30 - 8:45



Agenda Sunday 14 October 2012
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9:00 - 9:10
Ms Maria Proctor - HSQ President - Welcome and Introduction.

9:15 - 9:45
Mr Hugh Wilson - National Director, Australian Secular Lobby (ASL) - Subject: Religious imposition in Queensland state schools: an overview since 2006.

9:50 - 10:20
Dr Cathy Byrne
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Macquarie University - Subject: History of religious education in schools—particularly in Queensland—today.

10:25 - 10:55
Mr Peter Garrigan -
President, Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) - ACSSO support for their policy on secular state schools.

11:00 - 11:15 - Morning tea

11:20 - 11:50
Mr Greg Purches - Deputy General Secretary, Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) - Subject: QTU support for their policy on secular state schools.

11:55 - 12:30
Mr Peter Harrison
- New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists (NZARH) - Subject: NZARH 'Keep Religion Out of School' campaign.

12:30 - 1:45 - Lunch

1:50 - 2:20
Mr Ron Williams
- Australian Humanist of the Year 2012 - Plaintiff Williams v. Commonwealth of Australia and Ors. - Subject: Creationism in Queensland state schools: born 1983 - still going strong.

2:30 - 3:15
Prof Marion Maddox
- Author 'God Under Howard'. Marion Maddox is the leading authority on the intersection of religion and politics in Australia. Currently Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Research on Social Inclusion -  Subject: Waiting for the Great Leap Backwards.

3:15 - 4:00
Q&A and discussion

4:00 - 4:15
Maria Proctor thanks and closes 


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