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on the anti-vaccination movement in Australia.
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), after a 12 month investigation, determined that the AVN and its president, Meryl Dorey, are anti-vaccination and the advice and information they give about vaccination is inaccurate and misleading. As a result of the AVN’s failure to publish a suitable disclaimer on its website, the HCCC issued a public health warning against the AVN. The HCCC report indisputably shows that the AVN is a not a pro-choice group as it claims to be, and that both the AVN and Meryl Dorey are not a credible source of vaccination information. On 24 February 2012, the Supreme Court of NSW ruled that the HCCC did not have jurisdiction to investigate the AVN in this instance, as the original complaints failed to show an individual that was affected by the AVN.
The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), undertook a lengthy investigation of the AVN’s financial activities. NSW OLGR determined that the AVN was guilty of multiple breaches of fundraising laws, and it has referred possible breaches of the Charitable Trust Act to the NSW Dept of Attorney General and Justice. We are still awaiting the final outcome of these investigations. OLGR reinstated the AVN’s Charitable Fundraising Authority on 16 April 2012.
NSW Fair Trading is currently investigating a complaint that the AVN has accepted payments for its magazine Living Wisdom via memberships and subscriptions, but then failed to provide the promised six issues per year. From January 2010 until December 2011, the AVN has only published three issues out of the twelve that were owed to members and subscribers.
This website used to contain regular updates and articles about AVN activities and information both before, and during, these investigations. I consider it appropriate that people now base their judgements and opinions of the AVN on the outcome of these investigations, and on the statements and actions of Meryl Dorey and members and supporters of the AVN. It is important to note that all anti-vaccination groups in Australia disseminate the same misleading and inaccurate information about vaccination that the AVN does, though some groups are at least openly anti-vaccination. Other notable groups which are also guilty of misrepresenting their anti-vaccination stance as being pro-choice are the Queensland-based groups, ‘Healthy Lifestyles Naturally’ (HLN) and ‘Vaccination Answers Informed Sources’ (VAIS), and the Adelaide-based group ‘Vaccination Information Serving Australia’ (VISA).
I will leave you with this quote as it is an excellent example of the anti-vaccination, anti-science, and conspiracy-laden nature of the AVN:
“There will come a time – I pray to God that it will happen in my lifetime – when those who have pushed vaccines upon innocent, helpless babies – doctors, pharmaceutical companies, government officials – will be proven to have lied and cheated these instruments of death into our children’s bloodstream. When that occurs, the outcry will be heard around the world and there will not be enough hiding places on the globe for these murderers to hide or enough money to pay for compensation. Of course, it will be too late for the babies, like this poor child, to be saved. But we will be able to take satisfaction from the fact that never again will anyone have to be pushed to poison their child because for once and for all, it will be known as poison and we will all wonder how it was we fell for the vaccine lie for as long as we did.”
Meryl Dorey, President, Australian Vaccination Network AVN Yahoo group, 17 Dec 2008, message #36449