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Christianity is declining inexorably in Australia and New Zealand. Despite this fact both nations are often characterised as 'Christian nations'. In 2008 conferences were held in Sydney and Wellington to put that claim to the test. The conferences were organised by the Australia New Zealand Secular Association, the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists and the New Zealand Humanist Society. This book is a collection of papers from those conferences with some appropriate additions.
Secularism is government dramatically enhanced by true separation of church and state: constitutionally, financially and symbolically. Hence the removal of the Union Jack with its Christian crosses from the flags on the front cover of this book.
Secular republican governments are not beholden to any belief. They are more likely to achieve better outcomes for all regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality and belief.
As matters stand, our constitutional monarchies sell our nations short to favour the privileged few whose members usually overlap with religious elites.
This book is a new attempt to see Australia and New Zealand through secular eyes.