Australian Vaccination Network spokeswoman Meryl Dorey is standing by Dr Andrew Wakefield, whose study linked vaccines to autism. Dr Wakefield has since been described as “an elaborate fraud” by the British Medical Journal and was found guilty last year of serious professional misconduct.
Australian Vaccination Network spokeswoman Meryl Dorey is standing by Dr Andrew Wakefield, whose study linked vaccines to autism. Dr Wakefield has since been described as “an elaborate fraud” by the British Medical Journal and was found guilty last year of serious professional misconduct. Jacklyn Wagner

AVN loses battle over documents

A STOUSH between the Australian Vaccination Network and the organisation Stop The Australian Vaccination Network over publicly accessed documents has gone against the AVN.

The matter went before the Administrative Decisions Tribunal after the AVN objected to documents being provided to Stop The Australian Vaccination Network.

The documents detailed correspondence between the AVN and the NSW Department of Fin- ance and Services since 2009.

The correspondence relates to the AVN's annual general meeting and was obtained under freedom of information.

Two statements from AVN president Meryl Dorey were tendered.

In the statements, Ms Dorey claimed the release of the information would be likely to expose people associated with the AVN, including her, to a risk of harm or of serious harassment or serious intimidation.

Ms Dorey claimed the Australia Vaccination Network and its members had been subjected to ongoing serious harassment from members of Stop The AVN.

She alleged members of the Australian Vaccination Network had been subjected to serious harassment viaFacebook and other online sources and the harassing behaviour was likely to continue and escalate.

Administrative Decisions Tribunal judicial member S Montgomery cited nine cases as precedents in affirming the original decision to release the information under the Government Information Public Access Act.



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