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Things I Think About, by Peter Bowditch

Some good news about the Australian Vaccination Network. At last.

Back in July I wrote:

Australian Network for Plant Conservation. Australian Network for Art and Technology. Australian Network on Disability. Australian Fitness Network. Australian African Network. Australian Homestay Network. Australian Vaccination Network.

One of these names is not like the others. There is a network devoted to conservation of plants, one with the objective of supporting artists, another which works to aid people with disabilities, one which wants everyone to become healthier, one which provides support and community for migrants from Africa, and one which links people with holiday accommodation. All of these organisations with “network” in their name have as their aims the promotion of what the other words in their names mean.

The exception is the Australian Vaccination Network, because despite what a naïve person might think from just seeing the name, this organisation exists for the sole purpose of opposing vaccinations of all kinds against all diseases for all people of all ages. There are no exceptions. I have asked many times for an example of a single vaccine that the AVN would support or consider worthwhile and I have never even received a cricket chirp in response. The organisation claims to be pro-choice, but the only choice that they consider is to say “No”.

There is now a move to get the relevant government authority to force the AVN to change its name to something more representative of its aims. The President of the AVN, Meryl Dorey, is squealing about this and making absurd claims about dictatorships and fascism and freedom of speech and how an evil conspiracy of doctors and skeptics is trying to suppress her right to provide balanced information to parents. She is even claiming that nobody can tell any organisation what its name should be, but I know I had to make two passes through the bureaucracy last year to register a business name because my first choice shared 80% of its letters with a company in another state.

The news came through late in the evening of December 14 that my wish had come true. The following story appeared in the Herald Sun newspaper:

Minister orders anti-vaccination group to change its name

A controversial anti-vaccination lobby group has been slapped with an order to change its misleading name or be shut down.

The NSW Office of Fair Trading doorstopped the home of Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey yesterday with a letter of action, labelling the network’s name misleading and a detriment to the community.

NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts fired a broadside at the AVN, saying the information it provided was a public safety issue of “life and death”.

“This is not a victimless issue, it’s about the ability to stop pain and suffering,” he said.

Mr Roberts likened the AVN’s message to sanctioning speeding.

“People do not have the freedom of choice when it comes to endangering others … it’s the equivalent of saying a bloke can speed down the road and endanger others,” he said.

Mr Roberts said he was prepared for any appeals the AVN might make.

“This is an order, it is not a request,” he said

You can read the complete article here.

I’ll have some more to say about this as soon as I can acquire the official notice from the Office of Fair Trading.

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24 thoughts on “Some good news about the Australian Vaccination Network. At last.

  • InParticular says:

    You are such a fucking jackass! Roberts and his office have no authority to order a name change. But you wouldn’t know that would you? If Ms. Dorey agrees to the name change, and I emphasize agrees, it is her right and only her right to accept an exclusion of this nature. This no different than Roberts ordering your name change because your name is so incredibly fucking offensive because you are such a jackass…..

    Now go back to twittering and letting the world know of such earth shattering news like where you’re drinking your alcoholic face off or what fucking bus station your at…..

    Here’s an idea you gutless piece of shit….just for fun, post an audited financial statement of that corporate giant you pretend to own….and then post a personal net worth statement…..

    Oh yes and lets not forget the AVO….uttering threats of death, sexual assault and mutilation…oh yes and the conspiracy bit as well….this will truly be a merry xmas for you this year won’t it…with criminal charges looming in the not too distant future….what a great start for 2013…hopefully the stress will be too much for your decrepitude to handle and you’ll simply nod off to wherever gods stores obnoxious wasters of space like you….

    • How is the weather in Ottawa, Mr O’Neill?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Someone on the respectful detbae list had the temerity to try and call me out for my armour of grief blog post, in which I talked about the way it’s *just not done* to question someone’s account of a given death, even when the account doesn’t ring true. Of course, they don’t call Dorey out for questioning SBS deaths. Bile is reserved solely to pile on the septics .Assclowns.

  • I beat my wife too! says:

    R u aware at any sensory level that other sentient beings are reading what you write? Beings as in people who work for the courts. U r so fucked given the absolute and obviously provocative shite u publish….do u know how to self monitor? U be must be aware why your wife collects a disability pension….right? So let’s go public whaddya think?

  • Mixael says:

    In 1998 Scott Warren Walters was on trial charged with the mudrer of his daughter RIcki Lee. The crown had testimony from a forensic pathologist and other witnesses saying the SBS was by far the most likely cause. Two Doctors associated with the AVN, Dr Kalakerinos and Dr Donohoe, testified in defence of Walters. The Judge found their evidence convincing enough to rule not guilty. As a former patient of Dr. Donohoe I can confidently state that he is a quack.

  • Barbie Qued says:

    Do you know what one plus one equals? Then surely you must know that those associated to the AVO are collecting as much evidence as possible to support the AVO. And then there’s the potential cross-reference to a variety of other civil and criminal possibilities such as crimes of hate, stalking etc…..

    I note that potential cell mates Raffaelle and Buzzard are boasting on other sites that they somehow “got off” from being included in the AVO. This is the furthest thing from the truth. The fact is the magistrate needs to have reviewed all of the evidence, and yours is the last to be heard on January 13th. There will then be an adjournment, hopefully for weeks while the magistrates decides your collective fate. What a great day that’ll be. You might want to spend sometime having some method training in remorse or how to look guiltless, or not to come off as a complete knob…After all you are an actor…

    • Oh, Mr O’Neill, you really crack me up with your humour.

      The case against Dan Raffaele (for that is how he spells his name) has been decided, finished, ruled upon and is gone forever.

      The case against Dan Buzzard is listed for mention to set a date for an actual hearing.

      January 13 is a Sunday, so I doubt any court will be sitting. On January 15, however, the Court calendar shows that there are two mentions scheduled. These are to set the dates for final hearings of the cases against me and Mr Buzzard. No evidence will be heard, and I have been given permission by the court to be absent.

      I appreciate your attempts to cheer me up but they are not really necessary. I can just go and read all your hilarious threats to me over the years if I want a good laugh.

  • Partly Sunny with likelihood of whatever says:

    This morning I rec’d a summons in the post. I was so excited because you see for months I had been firing off as much information as I could find that would clearly demonstrate the potential harm you are to the community at large…..and you know what my name was amongst probably 30 or 40 other names! I’m so excited! It’s like a great big party for everybody except you know who! Just to make sure we don’t miss any precious moments I’ll have a team of media with me! It appears the is pretty concerned about the threats of death, sexual assault and mutilation. Thy also are pretty interested about any other evidence we have concerning your fascination with dead babies and pitch forks…..
    Anyways I’m delighted to hear its going to be televised and to hear the Xxxxxx played a direct role in counselling the AVN to take the necessary action to protec Ms Dorey….

    • Wow! You received a summons to attend a court case on a date that hasn’t yet been set. Did the psychic court offer to pay your fare from Ottawa?

      And there are “probably 30 or 40 other names”? Why don’t you know the exact number?

      It’s going to be televised? I was already laughing fit to bust before I read this, but this almost triggered an asthma attack. Which network will be showing it? Will it go out world-wide? Will they suspend a meeting of the UN so the delegates can watch it on the big screen? Will it be pay-per-view, and if so what will be my share of the takings?

    • skepticalskotty says:

      Erm, what? The date hasn’t been set yet, and an AVO case is going to be televised? What universe are you living in?

  • Kenny says:

    To : “Partly Sunny with likelihood of whatever:

    I am new to this forum so please excuse me if I err. Are you saying that you have received a summons to appear in Court in a case related to that of Mr Bowditch?

    Are you also saying that you anticipate the session being televised?


  • Kenny says:

    To ÏnParticular” You say that Roberts and his office have no authority to order a name change.”

    You should read the Act and see that the Director – General does have that power, so who’s the jackass now?
    Before you reply, read the relevant section of the Act at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/aia2009307/s11.html

  • Kenny's Slut Mother says:

    Hello Kenny…..you are so very smart! Did you note the use of the word “may” in the act….maybe you should have your retarded brother read it to you and explain it…..do you understand about any form of legislation in a democracy or a republic…..oh I’m sorry you’re in Australia aren’t you…where it’s law that you beat your sheila’s and utter threats of death, sexual assault and mutilation….sorry about that…I thought you were in the civilized world….oh and who’s the jackass? don’t you have to be a jackass or a criminal to be granted citizenship in Australia? Kenny….if you’ve been able to concentrate long enough to get this far here’s something else for you to chew on …..Fuck Off!

    • I love getting legal advice from Mr William P O’Neill. I still giggle a little whenever I remember that he was going to take me to the International Court of Justice for defamation. How did that go, Mr O’Neill? I’m still waiting for the summons from The Hague.

    • Kenny says:

      So you admit that the Act says the Director-General “may” make an order. Now where we speak English, that means that he does have the power, and your statement that he does not have the power is proved to be incorrect.

      Now, be a nice chap, and instead of swearing and hurling abuse, admit for once that you were wrong.

      All that swearing and abuse only demonstrates further that you have a limited intellectual capacity, something already demonstrated by your inability to comprehend plain English.

  • Happy Gilmour says:

    You know I just went back to your very first post and noted the comments have been. Despite,your hope in keeping us entertained and informed, it seems I’ll just have posted here. I also want to congratulate you on the subtitle choice of “things I think about”.

    “Yes, I have”…say it Peter “Yes I have”….entertained and informed. No more entertaining or informing than giving up the way you do. Have you ever stood back and taken long good look at this whole mess…bet you’re doing a lot of that these days aren’t you? …..wondering should I really publish the things I think about….and this is where is going to get real fun…you’ve been to a parade before right?….when you were at kid at the orphanage….you just stand there and watch it go by….there’s a parade this week in honour of you! It’s different though….it’s a parade of evidence that will illustrate “Thing I think about” and most of them are prettty disturbing. I’m sure this is whee the regrets co I…..if only hadn’t……what a list that is! No worries the courts have it all and they have a few questions for you….

  • DeltaE says:

    Dorey complains that it is a restriction of “freedom of speech.” Her position is like someone in a theatre knowing there is a fire shouting, “There is no fire.”

  • One of your many happy victims... says:

    We told you it was being referred as a criminal undertaking and it has been! Guess what’s happening next? It you’re not served between now and 26th of April you will be on 26th if you actually show up. Here’s the other really fun part. Now that it’s in the hands of the criminal court, the charges are subject to summary judgement.

    Just so none of miss any of the sordid details, we’ve prepared a press release and will be distributing it to Australia media. Funny how they missed this great story…..Australian Sceptic, Peter Bowditch, no longer a sceptic! He’s not above the law or beyond the reach of the courts…..if found guilty of uttering threats of death, violence and sexual mutilation, Bowditch could spend as long as 25 years behind bars…..you still don’t get do you? Well your gonna have a lot of times on your hand s to think about it. You know you may want to pick up some paper and pencils and practice your cursive because it’s going to be a long long time before you’re able to access any type of technology to publish your insane rants and threats of all sorts of heinous activities……

    Good luck……just for me can you dial it back for a few days….my jaw is killing me from laughing so hard…

    • Guy Chapman says:

      Yes, use the law against your accusers. That worked brilliantly for Oscar Wilde. He at least had the virtues of wit and moral right on his side, which you most assuredly do not.

    • Twenty-five years? What are they putting in he water in Ottawa these days to cause such delusions?

      I remember another time when Mr O’Neill told me that I was going to lose all access to the Internet. He cited a court case as precedent and the only things he got wrong were the date of the action, the names of the parties, the jurisdiction, the name of the court, the name of the presiding officer, the nature of the charge and the result. Apart from that he did spell “court” correctly. http://www.ratbags.com/rsoles/onews/rindos.htm

  • Bluto Heizenstein says:

    Oh yea! Mister Bowditch……can you tell the class again all about “Keeping Your Scepticism out of Court”, since you’ve set such a wonderful example of late. You forgot to comment on an earlier comment from one your patrons re AVO being referred from civil to crminal presecution. Any calls yet from ABC news yet? If not, take the initiative! Call them!

    • I didn’t see any need to comment on your ridiculous claim that the AVO had been “referred from civil to crminal (sic) presecution (sic)”, Mr O’Neill, because it was never a civil matter to start with. You really should stop commenting about the Australian legal system as all you do is continue to exhibit your ignorance and give people cause to laugh even louder at you.

      And why would ABC news want to talk to me? Who would I call if I rang them – my local radio station 702ABC, News Radio, Radio National, the local TV people at ABC1, the national TV people at ABC24? Who? Perhaps I could call Classic FM and get them to play a Bach requiem dedicated to your last remaining brain cell.