Meryl Dorey, Australia’s infamous vaccine denialist and anti-science promoter, and her Australian anti-Vaccine Network (AVN) has been ordered to change its misleading name or be shut down. The New South Wales (an Australian state) Office of Fair Trading left an order at the home of AVN president Meryl Dorey yesterday with a letter of action, “labeling the network’s name misleading and a detriment to the community.”
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. “People do not have the freedom of choice when it comes to endangering others … it’s the equivalent of saying a bloke can speed down the road and endanger others,” he said.
Mr Roberts said he was prepared for any appeals the AVN might make. “This is an order, it is not a request,” he said. Mr Roberts has warned other (Australian) states if the AVN tries to register elsewhere.
NSW Fair Trading Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement Robert Vellar says the AVN’s name had misled parents seeking information. “People are being confused about the true nature of the information they are being provided on the AVN website, the name is misleading,” he said.
The order states that Dorey must change the name of her misleading organization within two months or face de-registration.
There is no doubt that Dorey’s organization has nothing to do with helping people understand the need for vaccines, it is purely an organization to scare parents from obtaining vaccines through lies, misinformation, and anti-scientific nonsense. Dorey disingenuous methods have been outed as clearly antivaccinationist.
There must be some serious celebrations going on at one of my favorite groups, Stop the AVN, who has done everything they can to stop the Dorey’s fabrications. We should all celebrate when vaccine denialist gets their comeuppance.
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