We’ve followed the buffoonery of the AVN or Australian Vaccination Network (uh, formerly known as…). Is this the end as their appeal fails and their equipment is sold off?
The Department of Fair Trading via the Minister for Fair Trading demanded that the Australian Vaccination Network change its name. Their appeals ruling came today. Read the details at Token Skeptic:
The ruling was affirmed and the order for the new name, one that reflects their anti-vax stance, still stands:
Since they’ve also sent out a newsletter recently selling off office equipment and old magazines, it may finally be the end of what is now no longer the AVN… stay tuned.
Will we hear more from “That Meryl”? Who knows. But this is good news when a misinformation org gets closed down. Skeptic advocates and those for children’s health have much to celebrate. Now, if we can only do the same in the U.S. with the NVIC (National Vaccine [mis] Information Center).
NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts welcomed the result.
“This is about being open and upfront about what you stand for, not hiding behind a name which could mislead the community about a very significant public health issue,” he said. “The time has come for AVN to find a name which reflects its anti-vaccination stance.”
It is expected they will come up with a different name – but the sentiment is still the same and the core of their cause has been gutted.