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A Media Release from the group "Stop the Australian Vaccination Network" concerning Meryl Dorey's appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival.
A Media Release from the group "Stop the Australian Vaccination Network" concerning Meryl Dorey's appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival.

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Published by: Ken McLeod on Dec 29, 2011
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 Woodford Folk Festival
Vaccination Saves Lives
” Campaign
Thursday, 29 December 2011
nation advocates urge Woodfordians, “Look
to the heavens forinspiration during Dorey speech
Following two weeks of intense public pressure,
the Woodford Folk Festival has cancelled a solopresentation by Meryl Dorey of the Australian [anti] Vaccination Network. In its place will be a paneldiscussion between Ms Dorey and Professor Andreas Suhrbier,head of the immunovirology laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. The discussion will be moderated by DrJohn Parker,a veteran of Doctors without Borders.This is an important concession on behalf of the organisers, but does not go far enough. Ms Doreyshould never have been booked to appear at the Festival. Certainly, once organisers realized a public
health warning had been issued against
Ms Dorey’s
organisation by the NSW Health Care Complaints
Commission, and that the AVN had its fundraising authority revoked by the NSW Office of Liquor,
Gaming and Racing for 23 breaches of the act,
Ms Dorey’s
invitation should have been withdrawn.
While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop theAVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,doctors and nurses, decided
to use a little humour in order to have ‘the lastword’.
 The group has hired an aircraft to fly over the Woodford Folk Festival site
during the two hours surrounding Ms Dorey’s
appearance.Between 1.45 and 3.45pm (Brisbane Time) on Thursday, 29 December, theplane will tow a banner with the message: VACCINATION SAVES LIVES.
Volunteers will be on the ground to hand out flyers 
after Ms Dorey’
s appearance in the Blue Lotus
tent at 2.15pm. The flyer addresses some of the myths about vaccination and counters them withfacts.Despite her claims to the contrary, Ms Dorey is
an expert, nor does she hold any qualification, inmedicine, science, statistics or immunology.
There is no debate about the safety or efficacy of vaccines within the mainstream medical andscientific communities
that is, among
in the field.The allegation that vaccines are
safe or effective is discredited by scientific evidence and relatesto a wider set of new age conspiracy theories 
involving concerns about ‘one world government’, 
Illuminati,chemtrails and AIDS denialism.This is the kind of ideology which in
forms Ms Dorey’s
creative reinterpretation of the scientific data.Ms Dorey plays down this aspect of her beliefs in her public appearances, explaining to her Yahoo
group on 29 July, 2009:
While we are already seen as rabid, idiotic fringe-dwellers by so many in the mainstream,
it does our argument no good at all to bring in conspiracy theories which, though we may 
subscribe to them, are unprovable.
(Emphasis added.)
While almost every medication has the potential to create adverse reactions in certain individuals,the risk of a reaction more serious than a little localised pain and swelling and a slight fever after avaccination is exceedingly small. The medical and scientific overwhelmingly agree that the benefitsof vaccination far outweigh any small risk.
Available for interviews:
The “Stop the AVN” group
Peter Bowditch - 0419 219 659
Ken McLeod - 0466 261 666
Queensland (Sunshine Coast)
– rys tevenson
- 0403 752 278 or 07 5445 7270
What will the banner say?
How long is the banner?
Unknown. The maximum number of characters that can be towed is around 30, our message(including spaces) is 23.
When is the flight going to be at Woodford?
From 1.45pm to 3.45pm (Brisbane Time) on Thursday, 29 December - half an hour on either side of the vacc
ination forum (Blue Lotus speakers’ tent – 
How high will the flight be in the vicinity of Woodford?

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