The Atheist Foundation of Australia is disappointed to report that an advertising company has once again refused to place its advertisements.
The Atheist Foundation of Australia has contracted and paid the deposit for Billboards Australia to erect signs in most states of Australia. The site owner at Queanbeyan has reneged on the deal now, months after the message was made known to Billboards Australia by the AFA.
President of the AFA David Nicholls said, “We have been refused billboard advertising space in Queanbeyan, NSW on the excuse that our sign is a political message. It is not. It is a message directing Australians to answer the Census question on religion accurately.”
Billboards Australia has admirably fulfilled its contractual obligations on other sites but the site, which has refused our advert, is owned by the government agency, RailCorp.
The AFA Census billboard campaign is an attempt at correcting the distortion existing in the public mind concerning the percentage of people who are actually religious.
Nicholls added, “The AFA is not advocating that the population vote for any particular party or in any particular manner. This is not a political advertisement.
“It is another example where, because Australia doesn’t have a Bill of Rights, arbitrary discrimination is possible.”
Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc
Maitland SA 5573
Phone: (08) 8835 2269