AVN’s Dorey seeks $11,000

Australian Vaccination Network campaigner Meryl Dorey.
Australian Vaccination Network campaigner Meryl Dorey. Jacklyn Wagner

FORMER head of the Bangalow-based Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), Meryl Dorey has turned to followers to pay her legal bill after she lost a bid to silence one of the group's many critics.

Ms Dorey remains as the controversial group's spokeswoman after standing down as president in January.

She was ordered to pay $11,000 to cover the legal fees of Stop the Australian Vaccination Network campaigner Dan Buzzard after he successfully appealed against an AVO (apprehended violence order) she took out against him last year.

She alleged that Mr Buzzard had advertised her Bangalow PO Box via his Twitter account and encouraged others to send her violent pornographic images.

On his blog, Mr Buzzard writes: "The AVN has been hitting back at its critics for a number of years now," by "harassing grieving families", "calling doctors pedophiles" and "impersonating the websites of critics" of AVN.

After accusing the court of bias in her blog, Ms Dorey goes on to tell supporters that she has "virtually no income nor do I have any way to raise these funds".

The court's decision to reject the AVO and award costs against Ms Dorey is the latest blow to the anti-vaccination group amid accusations it has misrepresented views of a politician in order to raise funds for the group, the loss of its charity status and the Australian Senate's unanimous call for the immediate disbanding of the group because of its "harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccinations".

It is appealing a ruling in the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal after it was ordered to change its name because it was misleading.

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