The town in Australia with the least amount of faith in the Lord above is not Byron Bay in NSW as you might have assumed but the unlikely Cockatoo in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. Unlike practically anywhere else in the nation the township Cockatoo has a persecuted minority of believers in any religious faith(49%), with the majority described as “completely and utterly godless.”
Cockatoo is in the marginal Liberal seat of LaTrobe, with the god fearing incumbent Tory Jason Wood only receiving 39.85% of the 2PP vote at that booth compared with Labor’s 60.15%. Wood is well known in the Australian Parliament for confusing the word “organism” with “orgasm”, suggesting to some that he himself was living proof of Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Bernard Salt in The Australian speculates:
“I am sure the locals believe they have found heaven in this life, so why invest time and effort in looking for something better in the next life?”
He also notes that non-believers market share across Australia is up from 18% in 1996 to 21% in 2006.