May 2, 2012 -
Dr Andrew McDonald, the NSW Shadow Health Minister, is continuing the persecution of the Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. (AVN) which started under the previous Labor administration.
In a question on notice presented to Parliament yesterday, May 1, 2012, Dr McDonald requested of the Hon George Souris, the NSW Minister for Hospitality and Racing, that he find a way - any way - to revoke the AVN's authority to fundraise. This authority was reinstated on April 18th, 2012 after the AVN's victory against the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) in the Supreme Court.
The Court found that both the HCCC's investigation of the AVN and its subsequent warning against our organisation were illegal (Ultra vires) and ordered that costs be awarded to the AVN.
"The HCCC spent two years and potentially hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars 'investigating' our organisation. During this biased 'investigation' process, the HCCC made many scientific errors and ignored or refused to answer almost every question which the AVN put to them." said Meryl Dorey, President of the Australian Vaccination Network.
Four Investigations in Two Months
In only two months since our court victory, the AVN has been subjected to no less than FOUR government investigations or threats of investigation:
These investigations are a sign of procedural unfairness and victimisation by government authorities towards an organisation whose 'crime' has been to oppose government policies.
"This is a classic case of shooting the messenger because their message isn't 'government approved.' Ms Dorey continued. "What the government is doing now - in the name of the Australian people is the antithesis of democracy and free speech in a civil society."