The AVN is appealing for donations to help oppose compulsory vaccination in Australia.
The AVN is appealing for donations to help oppose compulsory vaccination in Australia.

SAVN complaint only steels resolve

AUSTRALIAN Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey said efforts to stop the work of her organisation only steel her resolve.

Last week a complaint was lodged by a member of Stop the AVN (SAVN) with the Minister of Racing George Souris, who is responsible for licensing of registered charities, alleging the anti-vaccination group was committing fraud by collecting donations under false pretences.

The AVN is appealing for donations to help oppose compulsory vaccination in Australia.

SAVN claims that appealing for and collecting donations for a government policy which does not exist constitutes fraud.

In response Ms Dorey accused SAVN of libel, claiming vaccination in Australia was compulsory.

"There is compulsory vaccination in Australia. It exists for health professionals," Ms Dorey said.

According to NSW Health's vaccination health policy, health employees are able to conscientiously object to vaccination, but must be deployed to areas where they pose no risk to vulnerable patients.

"Ms Dorey has been told many times that there is no compulsory vaccination in Australia, nor any proposal to introduce that, and yet she continues to appeal for money to oppose it.

"This is downright deliberate fraud," the complaint said.

The complaint is the latest move by SAVN which formed for the sole purpose of shutting down the AVN.

Ms Dorey said three years ago she had been planning on retiring when SAVN launched its attack on her group.

"I was ready to quit, but I can't stand injustice and discrimination" she said.

The AVN's authority to fundraise was revoked in October 2010 as a result of the public warning issued by the HCCC.

Once that public warning was quashed, the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) reinstated the organisation's authority to fundraise.

In 2009, as a result of complaints filed by SAVN the AVN was audited by the OLGR.

During that audit, several breaches of the Act and technical errors were found.

According to the OLGR, the breaches were minor and could not have been used to revoke the authority to fundraise.



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