Name-change shenanigans "an attempt to silence us" says AVN
PRESIDENT of the Australian Vaccination Network, Greg Beattie, says there is "no truth whatsoever" to a report by The Australian newspaper stating that the organisation had experienced a "failed" attempt at finding a new name.
The NSW Department of Fair Trading last year ordered the Bangalow-based anti-vaccine organisation to change its name by next month, and the network lost a final appeal against the decision in November.
Mr Beattie explained that the group had reserved a name (one suggested to them by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal - Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network) with the NSW Department of Fair Trading last month.
However, Mr Beattie said that five days after they reserved the name, two members of the public went straight to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and registered the same name, as well as the name Australian Vaccination Sceptics.
While they are still waiting until the Department of Fair Trading resumes business after the Christmas break, he said he was not certain this mean they cannot use the reserved name.
"It's simply an attempt to silence us," he said. "The most important thing is that we're going to keep on doing what we do."