Sunday
Apr132014

Meryl Dorey asks for photos of dead children.

Meryl Dorey of the Australian Vaccination Network has asked her followers to send photos of dead children to Chris Dore the editor of the Courier Mail.

The Editor of the Courier Mail newspaper is Chris Dore. His email address is chris.dore@news.com.au. I would like to ask if everyone who wrote to one of the health ministers last week due to the threats to our rights to claim the FTB also send your letters to Chris Dore. 

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So please resend your letters to the address above. And if you have a healthy, unvaccinated child, include pictures of them. The same if you have a child who was injured or killed by vaccines. -Meryl Dorey, 13th April 2014

This is in response to the Courier Mail running a campaign called "Keep Our Kids Safe - Immunise" not only are anti-vaxxers opposed to life saving medicine, but anyone who doesn't agree with them can expect to be bombarded with photos of dead children.

Saturday
Apr122014

AVN continues to sell non-existent magazine.

The Australian Vaccination Network announced the discontinuation of their magazine Living Wisdom over 15 months ago on the 12th January 2013, but as of 12th April 2014 continue to promote it as a benefit for becoming a member of their organisation.

AVN website as of 12th April 2014

In Australia selling something (in this case membership) under false pretences constitutes fraud.

Tuesday
Mar252014

Anti-vaxxers fail to circumvent the law.

The plight of the Australian Vaccination Network, now known as Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network has taken an amusing turn for the worse. The Director of Investigations, Compliance and Enforcement Division, at the department of Fair Trading has ordered the AVN to quit using the acronym 'AVN' and instead adopt the acronym 'AVSN' to reflect the groups new name.

The reason the anti-vaxxers have inserted a hyphen into their new name is so they can claim that "Vaccination-skeptics" is a single word and can therefore keep the initials AVN. 

They thought they were smart. Until this happened:

If you have been following our saga during the past year you will know the prequel to this post. For those who missed it, we were directed last year to change our name – after 16 years – because our opponents complained that it was misleading. After exhausting our avenues of appeal, it turned out the Minister for Fair Trading had the power to enforce this. In fact, he introduced a new regulation just so that he could see this through!

So we changed our name. We are now “Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network Inc”. The new name was accepted by our members, as well as by NSW Fair Trading.

Now we have a new threat. Director of Investigations, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Mr David Byrne, phoned last Friday to say he requires us to change all instances of the abbreviation “AVN” to “AVSN”. And he has threatened to commence action without further notice to shut us down and remove our domain from the internet. -Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, 25 March 2014

The AVN/AVSN currently appears on the first page of Google for "Vaccination" their domain name is vital tool for gaining a new audience and they know it. Which is why they tried the hyphen bullshit.

Not only are they trying to avoid changing their website name but they are also refusing to rename their Facebook page, which is still listed as "Australian Vaccination Network" despite yesterdays deadline for the name change. The trick they are trying with the Facebook page is to create a fake account and pretend the page now belongs to someone else.

Once more AVN supporters thought this would be a smart move.

I hope this obvious bullshit gets tested in court, it will be amusing to see them explain how their page now magically belongs to an unidentified person who conveniently resides overseas.

So what next for the AVN/ASVN?

There has been plenty of speculation about the possibility of the organisation going on the run to escape New South Wales authorities. Recently they have registered the business name "Australian Vaccination Network - QLD" fuelling speculation that they may cross the border into Queensland. We will have to wait and see.

Friday
Mar142014

Australian Vaccination Network surrenders it's charity license.

The Australian Vaccination Network has surrendered it's charity fundraising license.

Is this the end?

Tuesday
Mar112014

HCCC investigates the AVN, again.

History is repeating itself and the Australian Vaccination Network is once again being investigated by the Health Care Complaints Commission.

As you probably already know, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) spent more than a year and a great deal of taxpayer funds investigating the Australian Vaccination Network in 2009 / 2010. This resulted in their being told by the Supreme Court that they had acted illegally and did not have the jurisdiction to investigate our organisation.

Fast forward to 2014 and the AVN is once again facing a lengthy ‘investigation’ and potential public warning by the HCCC. In the the interim, parliament granted the HCCC new powers, so that it can now file its own complaints, investigate them and then, make a judgement based on their own investigation. As a result, a new complaint was recently received by the AVN. -Australian Vaccination Network

Some people just can't stay out of trouble.