New CSICOP Column Out – On Wings Over Woodford #StopAVN

EDIT: A petition asking for Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to speak out about the dangers of misinformation about vaccination being spread by people like Meryl Dorey and the AVN. Thanks!

Now out at the CSICOP website – “Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network”:

In early December 2011, “Operation Nutcracker” was born.

Meryl Dorey, the president of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), was booked for a talk on December 29, 2011, at the Woodford Folk Festival—an annual festival located between the Brisbane Valley and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in the North-East of the country.

…Then, at nearly the twelfth hour, an interesting compromise emerged. The talk had been changed to a “forum,” with Dorey joined by Andreas Suhrbier, head of the immunovirology laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and moderated by John Parker, a veteran of Doctors without Borders.

Despite the concessions, the Stop the AVN was determined to make a public statement at the festival about Dorey’s appearance. Thirty-four donors contributed to a tow-banner on a plane, which would appear for half an hour on either side of the vaccination forum’s scheduled run time. The banner simply read: VACCINATION SAVES LIVES… I spoke to four members of the Stop the AVN for the Token Skeptic podcast on the evening of the event itself…

The interview features over at the CSICOP website!

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