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