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Things I Think About, by Peter Bowditch

Anti-vaccination Liars

Oberon’s safe children

Me, in today’s Oberon Review. A year ago I moved from Wentworth Falls to Oberon, a distance of 40 kilometres in a straight line or about 80k by road. Apart from fewer days with fog and more days with snow, there is a remarkable difference between the two towns – the rates of childhood vaccination. […]

A different debate

Meryl Dorey, ex-President of the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, wants me to debate her at a woofest in Queensland later this month. I offer my own challenge to her, with the only changes from suggestions made by the festival organisers being that the submissions are to be in writing, and the prohibition on talking about certain […]

Talk is cheap, but not always free

A continual complaint from nonsense peddlers is that their right of free speech is infringed by media outlets that won’t print their opinions. They overlook the fundamental issue that private owners of publications have no obligation to provide platforms for people who disagree with them. It is not a restriction on freedom of speech if […]

Media Release: Meryl Dorey and the AVN – Another loss in court

The following message was sent to various journalists and media outlets today: Meryl Dorey from the Australian Vaccination Network has failed in another of her attempts to use Apprehended Violence Orders to silence her critics. In September 2012, Ms Dorey applied for three Apprehended Personal Violence Orders against people who had been critical of her […]

Meryl misquotes – how unusual

A pervasive trait of anti-vaccination liars (shared by many followers of pseudoscience and pseudomedicine) is to cite or even quote material which can easily be shown to be either false, crazy or even saying something opposite to the quoter’s position. Here are some articles from The Millenium Project showing Meryl Dorey from the Australian Vaccination Network committing these acts. The […]

The AVN – Lies, deception and threats

We are continually told by Meryl Dorey and others at the Australian Vaccination Network that they do not oppose vaccination (they just want it to be 100% safe), they are honourable people whose motives are misunderstood, and they never threaten people (because threatened people might go to the courts seeking Apprehended Violence Orders). Here are […]

Meryl Dorey lies about SIDS and SBS. And me.

Possibly the two most disgusting ideas emanating from the foetid “minds” of anti-vaccination liars are that vaccines are the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the damage seen in Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Meryl Dorey is up to her armpits in both, of course. (In a later article I will chronicle her support for […]

Meryl Dorey condones child abuse

In November 2011 a naturopath posted this message to the Australian Vaccination Network’s Facebook page: A friend of mine was so outraged by this clear case of child abuse that he contacted the child protection authorities in the state where the naturopath plied her trade. Unfortunately, he fell into a buck-passing bureaucratic maze. You can see […]

Defending fraud: Meryl Dorey and Andrew Wakefield

In 1998 a paper authored by Andrew Wakefield and others was published in The Lancet purporting to show a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. It led directly to a drop in vaccination rates and the deaths of several children. What soon became known was that Wakefield had been paid a very large amount […]

Meryl Dorey and the rape analogy

One of Meryl Dorey’s complaints to the court about me was that I had made a tasteless remark. Here is an article from The Millenium Project showing the depths of tastelessness to which she will descend. It did not surprise me, because when it comes to opposing vaccines the end always justifies the means. It is being reproduced […]

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