Senate passes motion urging Australian Vaccination Network to disband, end scare campaign against vaccines

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The Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) to disband and cease its campaign against vaccines.


The motion, put forward by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, notes the low vaccination rates in parts of Australia and the threat that poses to the health of children.

The motion says the AVN should cease its harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccines.

Senator Di Natale says the Senate has sent a clear and strong message to those peddling lies that "they should pack up and go home".


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  1. Sorry, but isn’t there a better option than politely asking the AVN to disband? If their influence is as great as is feared, surely there are records of unnecessary child deaths that they should be tarnished with and that would provide legal justification for having them disbanded and/or prosecuted?

    • In reply to #2 by The Devout Atheist:

      Sorry, but isn’t there a better option than politely asking the AVN to disband? If their influence is as great as is feared, surely there are records of unnecessary child deaths that they should be tarnished with and that would provide legal justification for having them disbanded and/or prosecuted…

      The New South Wales government is in the process of ordering them to change their name, the order has been challenged in court. Frustrating, and I am 1000% pro vaccination (the little one is getting his six week vaccinations today), but I’d much rather have due process of law than a lynch mob.

      Such a motion by the Senate (the upper house of parliament) is pretty unusual, so does send a strong message to the public.

  2. Good for Aussie politicians. But the best option is just tell people that if their kids are not (absent some supervening sound medical reason) up to date with all their vaccinations, then they cannot associate with other kids. No access to schools, playgroups, sports facilities, public parks etc. Treat them like the “Typhoid Marys” they probably are – a clear and present danger to others.

    Letting them out of the house as walking Petrie dishes for breeding live pathogens which can kill others is as intelligent as getting behind the wheel of a car after 12 pints of Fosters. (And you’ve got to be pretty dumb to buy that stuff in the first place).

  3. The first thing to do is see if the group is getting any sort of tax subsidy they do not deserve.

    Next, see if there they are in any way practicing medicine without a licence.

    Next set up a fund to counter. You put out a counter radio or TV ad many of the times they advertise, debunking point by point.

    Go after those peddling fake vaccinations and make them prove efficacy. If they can’t make money, they won’t be able to fund to campaign

    • In reply to #4 by Roedy:

      The first thing to do is see if the group is getting any sort of tax subsidy they do not deserve.

      Next, see if there they are in any way practicing medicine without a licence.

      Next set up a fund to counter. You put out a counter radio or TV ad many of the times they advertise, debunking point by p…

      You can’t get a tax deduction for donating to the AVN, and the tax office has repeatedly denied their applications to be a deductible gift recipient.

      They are currently being investigated at the moment by the Health Care Complains Commission http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-29/health-care-complaints-commission-investigation-into-australian/4721130

      In 2010 they had their right to fund raise (separate matter from tax deductibility) stripped from them http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/lateline/video/podcast/r656093_4656980.m4v

      They’ve had various official various adverse findings against them & other official action is ongoing. Unfortunately, agree or disagree with what they are saying, they have a right of free speech. Beyond what is currently being done on an official level (Health Complains Commission, denied the right to fund raise, no tax deductibility, legal action to force them to change their misleading name etc) & changing the law to make life for the non vaxers harder, I don’t know what you expect.

      The biggest problem I see is that the media give these oxygen thieves air time. Whenever vaccination comes up in Australia, in the interests of “balance”, the AVN gets rolled out to peddle their bullshit in the same segment as various experts in the field. The sooner the media accept the idea that not every issue has two (or more) legitimate sides, and start telling people that on issues such as immunisation, there is the scientific position and there is completely, categorically and fundamentally wrong, the better.

      Now my rant is over (I was passionate before, but now I have a child the anti vaxers make me so much more angry), I must be off, my six week old is getting his first vaccinations a little later this morning and I need to get my arse into gear.

      • Congratulations on the little one! Vaccines suck in the short term, but I promise, the kid will forgive you the jab!

        In reply to #7 by Grimace:

        In reply to #4 by Roedy:

        The first thing to do is see if the group is getting any sort of tax subsidy they do not deserve.

        Next, see if there they are in any way practicing medicine without a licence.

        Next set up a fund to counter. You put out a counter radio or TV ad many of the times they adver…

  4. ” The motion says the AVN should cease its harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccines. “

    Send every one, from the tax collector to the health inspector, to their building(s) and give them the ” peace ” their harmful woo deserves.

  5. Excellent common sense comments here. Hopefully this Senate motion will encourage some, but the blinkered ignorant will just quote the usual government, big pharma conspiracy nonsense. Well it is a conspiracy to stop children dying I suppose! The AVN don’t just campaign against vaccination, their website also advertises products such as ‘black salve’, as a cancer treatment. The source article has some links.

    • In reply to #10 by Stafford Gordon:

      A very misleading headline.

      In what way. The whacko group is called the “Australian Vaccination Network” and the senate has urged them to disband and stop fear mongering. Surely the headline is accurate, the mislead is the fact that the whacko’s grabbed the sensible sounding name for their organisation, necessitating the reaction. It would actually be best to subsume the name and hand it to a pro vaccination sub group of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) or the department of health.

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