Australian Vaccination Network Name… Is No More – NSW Office Of Fair Trading

Breaking news. Sydney Morning Herald: Minister orders anti-vaccination group to change its name.

The NSW Office of Fair Trading doorstopped the home of Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey yesterday with a letter of action, labelling the network’s name misleading and a detriment to the community.

Further information on the site – with an incredibly strong message about how these anti-vaccination proponents are being labelled by the government:

 NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts fired a broadside at the AVN, saying the information it provided was a public safety issue of “life and death”.

“This is not a victimless issue, it’s about the ability to stop pain and suffering,” he said.

Mr Roberts likened the AVN’s message to sanctioning speeding.

Mr Roberts said he was prepared for any appeals the AVN might make.

“This is an order, it is not a request,” he said.

What can this mean? Well, clearly the implications of the name are going to be shattered, with any future name having to adhere to the requirements (and also, according to the news, unable to be broken by appealing to other states?). Apparently complaints made to the AMA prompted the action – and hopefully it’ll be the first steps in its ending altogether.

Previous blog-posts about the AVN hereone on their appearance on indigenous radio in Australia; here’s an interview I did with activists about the appearance of President Meryl Dorey, back in January: Wings Over Woodford – Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website.


About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide. She regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science. She files her nails while they drag the lake.