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.
Readers of this blog will be aware that I own the business name "Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network" and also that the Australian Vaccination Network is in need of a new name since the Department of Fair Trading ordered them to adopt a new one.
Rather than adopting a new name they have decided to do the wrong thing and use my business name as their own.
As of Friday, March 7th, the Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. will now officially be known as the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, Inc. We will still have the same domain address (www.avn.org.au) and will still go by the acronym "AVN".
I already own the business name they want to adopt.
Within a matter of hours, Dr Rachel Dunlop, Mr John Cunningham, Mr Dan Buzzard (against whom our former President, Meryl Dorey, held an interim Apprehended Violence Order [AVO] for 10 months) and Ms Tracey McDermott had registered the following names:
- Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network (ABN 33 627 009 978)
- Australian Vaccination Skeptics (ABN 82 084 251 657)
- Vaccination Sceptics Network of Australia (ABN 26 113 403 635)
- Vaccination Sceptics Australia (ABN 12 806 631 921)
-Australian Vaccination Network, Newsletter 10th March 2014
So the AVN readily acknowledges that the name is already in use, but continues to use it anyway. The fallout from this will be even more painful for the AVN than they could imagine. After all when was the last time dishonesty worked in their favor?
Supporters of the Australian Vaccination Network have vandalised two billboards in Western Australia that promote vaccination.
Two billboards in Fremantle promoting immunisation of children, have been defaced.
The billboards on South Street share stories of local parents who follow an alternative type of lifestyle but also immunise their children.
The campaign was launched three weeks ago by the Immunisation Alliance of WA in response to figures showing that the Fremantle area had one of the lowest rates of vaccination in the country.
Both billboards have been sprayed with red paint spelling out the website of anti-immunisation group, Australian Vaccination Network. -ABC News
So we can now list Crimminal Damage to the long list of deplorable tactics used by AVN supporters.
Anti-vax top ten tactics:
- False DMCA reports.
- False reporting of critics websites to anti-virus vendors.
- Threatening Politicians.
- Harassing, abusing, vilifying Grieving Families.
- Seeking Court orders to silence their critics.
- Abusing Facebooks report feature to get critics banned.
- Advocating the use of violence against critics.
- Calling their critics terrorists.
- Registering other people's business names to confuse the public.
- Criminal Damage. *New*
It's been very quiet lately (plus I've been busy elsewhere) as we wait for the deadline of the Australian Vaccination Networks name change order to approach. The minister for fair trading has confirmed via twitter, the AVN has until the 24th of March to adopt it's new name.
We're just waiting now to see if the AVN finally complies with the law.
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. -Carl Sagan