Anti-Vaccination Network in Australia picks new name, digs at “skepticism” (UPDATED)

The infamous anti-vaccination group AVN in Australia is shrewd and apparently evil. There is no question their new name is designed to deliberate conflate the issues of skepticism and vaccination safety and to get under the skin of the scientific skepticism advocates that have done a good job at discrediting the AVN’s misinformation campaigns.

Australian (anti) Vaccination Network changes misleading name |

THE controversial anti-vaccination group Australian Vaccination Network, which was ordered to change its misleading name late last year, has ­finally complied with an order from the Administrative ­Decisions Tribunal.

“The Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. will now officially be known as the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, Inc.,” the group ­announced on its website.

They were forced to change the name by advertising authorities. With all the trouble the organization faced, health advocates were hopeful they would disband and go away. That appears to not be the case.

Find all our AVN stories here.

Kylie Sturgess has more. AVN Renamed As Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network (Despite Skeptics’ Efforts).

Reminder to everyone in Australia that wishes to make a statement about the new name which includes the term “skeptic”, here is a journalists’ and public guide to what effective skepticism is. Anti-vaccination stances are not “skeptical”, they are instead anti-science.

UPDATE: Dan Buzzard says he already owns the name they are using. It looks like a challenge may be forthcoming. Anti-vaxxers resort to identity fraud. – Journal of Skepticism – Dan Buzzard.

Tip: Kylie Sturgess and @EtTuCarl on Twitter

UPDATE: They have surrendered their charitable license? Is this related to the new name?

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And are being investigated? Interesting. Anti-vaccine group’s charity status opposed.

Tip: @DrRachie

  7 comments for “Anti-Vaccination Network in Australia picks new name, digs at “skepticism” (UPDATED)

  1. Chris Howard
    March 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Was the last version of their name supposed to sound like “avian” or is that just a bizzare coincidence?

  2. Andrew W
    March 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I think that the Australian Skeptics should take over the AVN site name to extract revenge and tell the real facts about vaccines (they work) and to explain what a Real Skeptic is and does.

    I do wonder if they could sue the anti-vaccer’s for misleading copyright name infringement upon the Australian Skeptics site?
    Probably not. But, it would be nice to see the anti-vaccer’s squashed once and for all.

    It is funny how you can’t lie in an Advert, but you can lie, with misinformation that endangers life. Makes me sad to be an Australian.

  3. March 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Why is anyone surprised? They have always been evil and deceitful, there was no way they were ever going to choose an honest name.

    The focus should always be on rebutting their lies.

  4. Frederick
    March 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Why did that guy, Dan Buzzard, bought the name? Just to make sure they don’t have it? lol If that’s the case, that’s a good Tactics. I don’t like anti-science mongers, Anti-GMO, anti-fluoride ( I have a good friend, she is brillant and all, but tend to believe in too much stuff, and she is anti-fluoride, so I try not to hate them too much), but I can live with them, I can be friend with one, But Anti-vaxx, they are the worse. If they keep to themselves, not too bad, but when to start to do heavy propaganda like that.

  5. Adam
    March 11, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Australian Vaccine Denial Network would be more appropriate. Denialists like to claim they’re actually skeptics even though they’re not critically appraising the evidence so much as pretending it doesn’t exist.

  6. lawn
    March 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    They wanted to keep the initials, but I would prefer something along the lines of “Anti-Vax Nutjobs.”

  7. March 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network has been stripped of its registered charity status because potential misinformation could impact on children’s health.

    via Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network loses its charity status for fundraising over misinformation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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