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Hugh MackayRenowned Australian social researcher Hugh Mackay will visit Adelaide next week for a church-organised public address at which he will ask why so many people disdain organised religion.

“What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?” asks Mackay in his latest book Beyond Belief. “Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in 10 Australians attend church weekly.”

In a major public lecture to kick off the 2017 Conference of the Australia New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association on Friday, October 20, Mackay will draw on research for his latest book to explore this discrepancy, which he describes as “one of the great unexamined topics of our time”.

Mackay argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever. After the October 20 lecture at the Norwood Town Hall, Hugh Mackay will be available to sign copies of his books.

Plandroid developer Mike GarrettAdelaide airconditioning software company DelftRed Simulation Technology has seen international demand heat up during the past year, now comprising nearly 10 per cent of its total sales.

Since then, Plandroid sales have grown each year due to demand from domestic ducted air conditioning installation companies that want a quick and accurate way to design and quote systems.

DelftRed founder Mike Garrett said 2016 was the first year the company had received significant orders from overseas. “International demand for Plandroid has just taken off,” he said.

Conservation SA CEO Craig WilkinsConservation SA CEO Craig WilkinsConservation SA is alarmed by revelations that “independent” advice for the Royal Commission that has recommended a nuclear waste dump for SA was provided by long-time advocates for the dump. 

Conservation SA is responding to reports from ABC Radio that two of the authors of allegedly independent technical analysis of the business case for a high level nuclear waste dump are President and Vice President of a group that advocates for the international storage of nuclear waste.

ABC Radio has reported that two of the authors of a report for the Royal Commission co-authored by consultancies Jacobs and MCM were Charles McCombie and Neil Chapman, who are the President and Vice President of ARIUS (Association for Regional and International Underground Storage).