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Anti-Vac group told to change name

Posted by: 2UE | 17 December, 2012 - 1:25 PM
Anti-vaccination group forced to change their name

An anti-vaccination group will be forced to change its name in the new year because its current name could mislead parents. Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has called people like the group ‘nutjobs’.

Mr Roberts confirmed a formal order had been issued for the Australian Vaccination Network to adopt a new name.

He tells 2UE's Tracey Spicer and Tim Webster the directive came from NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe and gives the group until February 21 to apply for a new name.

If the association misses the deadline, its registration may be cancelled.


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It is not the first time the group has been targeted by a government body.

In February this year, the Australian Vaccination Network won a court battle against the health care watchdog, which had issued a public warning about the association and ordered it to place a message on its website stating that it "should not be read as medical advice".

The NSW Supreme Court ruled the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) had no jurisdiction to issue a public warning about the Australian Vaccination Network.

The HCCC issued the warning after it investigated the website following complaints from a NSW couple whose four-week-old daughter died from whooping cough. (AAP)

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Robert, you're wrong. They are under attack because they are lying about vaccines. That makes them fair game for every reasonable and rational human being on the planet.

    TLPG Monday 17 December, 2012 - 8:41 PM
  • Hi, with regards the anti vaccination knobs, the AMA might have raised the issue, but I was one of the people who formally complained about this organisation and it's misleading and deceptive name. As a mother, I was *SCAMMED* into not vaccinating my child and putting my childs life at risk based on their lies. The internet is full of nutjobs, we shouldn't allow them to hide behind faked legitimacy of misleading names. Good on the NSW Government for manning up and taking a stand.

    Ilyria Monday 17 December, 2012 - 5:57 PM
  • They're messing with big-pharma and the elitists when they take on the vaccination problem. They will always be under attack.

    Robert Monday 17 December, 2012 - 3:08 PM

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