Anti-vaccination activist quits role as leader
THE president of the controversial Bangalow-based Australian Vaccination Network, Meryl Dorey has stepped down from her role at the same time the network announced it would stop publishing its newsletter.
Ms Dorey, who will be replaced by Greg Beattie, recognised the controversial nature of the AVN in her announcement.
"Yes, there have been many mistakes over the years - too many to even count," she said.
"But there have also been so many things this group has achieved over that time which I am incredibly proud of and so many wonderful people I've been blessed to meet and work with over the years.
"I am not leaving the AVN - I don't know if I could while there is still a threat to those of us who believe in informed choice for all Australians - but I will be stepping away from the day-to-day jobs of the presidency and devoting myself to special projects as well as having a bit of a rest."
Ms Dorey also took the chance to thank their supporters.
"Without your help and support, this group would have closed down years ago. Instead, we are here - still working for the parents of Australia, still opposing government lies and suppression, still fighting for the health rights of the families of this great land," she said.
The AVN said it would discontinue its newsletter, Living Wisdom, "due to the extraordinary pressures placed on us by both the government and those organisations whose goal is to shut our group down".