About the Humanist Society of Victoria
The Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV) Inc. is a non-profit body, founded in 1961, which seeks to represent the aspirations and interests of humanists in Victoria, Australia. It is run by volunteers, and in 1990 was incorporated under state law as Association A0020272M.
Aims of the Humanist Society of Victoria:
- To help develop a civil society in which each person may reach his or her potential.
- To advocate ethical decision-making and responsibility for one’s actions, based on respect for individual autonomy, peaceful coexistence between peoples of differing ways of life, and maintenance of a sustainable environment.
- To support human rights, civil liberties, secular education and a scientific approach to human problems.
- to hear speakers on Humanist approaches to life and be informed on topics of current interest and importance
- to explore ideas with people of like mind and so develop Humanist policies
- to prepare submissions and lobby on matters of wide community concern
- to organise projects that further Humanist ideals and assist with the welfare of other community members
- to issue a monthly newsletter (The Victorian Humanist)
- social gatherings
- maintaining a Humanist reference library
- providing counseling services
Committee of management, 2013
President: Stephen Stuart, ph. (03) 9857 8318, SNStuart@msn.com
Vice-president: John Russell, ph. (03) 9846 3989
Secretary: Ben Leeman, ph. (03) 9029 3312
Treasurer: Anne Bowen
Ordinary members: Geoffrey Allshorn, Mary Bergin, Howard Hodgens, Marie Hodgens, Rosslyn Ives, Sam Mason-Smith
The Humanist Societies in each Australian State are affiliated into a national body, the Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS), which
- meets at an annual Convention
- co-ordinates Humanist activities nationally
- publishes the Australian Humanist.
- maintains contact with other national bodies with similar interests
The Council of Australian Humanist Societies is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), which is a non-governmental organisation accredited to the United Nations. It maintains links with overseas Humanist organisations.