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A TKO for Anti-Vax Network

By Peter Bowditch

Australia’s anti-vaccination lobby group has been dealt a body blow – and a few jabs.

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March was a very good month for supporters of vaccination as the Australian Vaccination Network, Australia’s most visible and virulent critic of vaccines, ran out of any sympathy it had from public health and regulatory authorities.

The AVN was founded in the 1990s by Meryl Dorey, who was its President and public face for most of that time. Until 2009 the AVN had almost unrestricted access to the media, and Dorey was often there to provide “balance” when any media outlet ran a story about vaccines. She has always claimed that the AVN was not opposed to vaccination but was simply a source of information that was hidden or suppressed.

But in December 2008 Dorey made her position quite clear:

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... 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...

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