Read our responses to key news stories about pagans, and see our archive of PAN Inc in the news.

Media Releases

  • There is absolutely no Wiccan spell, ritual, or tradition that calls for one person to hypnotise another and then take advantage of them, and there is certainly no excuse, support, or justification for Fletcher’s crimes within the Wiccan faith.

  • PAN Inc. (Aust.) wishes to express our support of the appeal and continue our ongoing opposition to the release of Fletcher into the community. His previous behaviours are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs and practices of our diverse communities.

  • Spiritual belief, self-styled or otherwise, is irrelevant in a report where a child has died.

  • "Modern witches in the West don't go around killing children," Mr Garland said. "And Christians don't go around burning witches and heretics at the stake any more. We've closed the book on all that. What we hope is that with better access to health and education, and increasing equality between men and women, impoverished communities in places like India and Africa can move on from such tragic circumstances."

  • Mr Garland said: "We are hoping for a strong condemnation from churches all around the globe, but whether we get it is another matter – so far it seems as if African children are not worth protecting."


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Pagans in the Media

  • Technovore 21 January 2017

    This link is to an interview with Michelle Claire White, she is the media front for the Pagan Awareness Network who is doing all they can in Australia to have paganistic beliefs become less stigmatized and more accessible safely, she also touches on her Wiccan beliefs.

  • Woman's Day Magazine via

    Witches honour nature as sacred, recognise the masculine and feminine side of god and do rituals and spells to empower, help and heal. It is the fastest growing religion in Australia – but still the most misunderstood. By Serene Conneeley.

  • SMH 20 June 2014

    As pagans, we feel it’s really important to be connected to the earth’s cycles so that we can help to heal the land and our relationships with the land.

  • The Examiner

    Mr Garland said pagans, in all their various forms, had a strong affinity with nature. "Basic pagan tenants are that the sun goes up, the moon goes down, it becomes a full moon and we have the high tides - these things are all indisputable, and have been throughout human history. These were the things that pagans lived by," Mr Garland said.

  • Newcastle Herald

    The Pagan Awareness Network, of which Mr Hepworth is vice-president, is urging its many and diverse faith paths - which include Druidism, Shamanism and Lesbian Feminist Goddess Worship - to nominate paganism as their religious category in this year's census.

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