No more fundraising for AVN
AUSTRALIAN Vaccination Network media spokeswoman Meryl Dorey today said the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) announced it would revoke the lobby group's authority to fundraise.
The press release from the Bangalow-based network said the OLGR, the body that oversees charities, had openely stated there was no evidence of fraud or ciminality in an audit of the group earlier this year.
The release said the OLGR had found several errors with the network's bookkeeping system and some minor problems with the way in which fundraising income was accounted for.
"Had the OLGR based its decision upon the simple errors which were found during our audit - errors which any small, volunteer-run organisation can and does make - it would have been unfair but not unexpected," Ms Dorey said.
"What makes this decision difficult to understand is that the revocation was based solely upon a questionable decision by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) which we believe is not relevant to the OLGR's mandate."
The release continued to state: "The OLGR's statement that rescinding the AVN's charitable status is in the public's interest seems to confuse the Australian public with the Australian medical industry."