AVN lies: are they pathological?

On June 28 2013 anti-vaccination pressure group president Greg Beattie published a self-congratulatory gotcha blog post on the official Australian Vaccination Network blog. In the post he included audio of a phone call he made to Senator Richard Di Natale (notice I’m not publishing the audio of the call here). The phone call was recorded without the permission of the Senator. The Senator was not advised that the shouty-Beattie phone call was being recorded until the end of the call, when the Senator hung up the phone. One can only hope that the Australian Federal Police have been made aware of Beattie’s actions.

In the Beattie blog post he makes this claim about the membership of the AVN:

When I pointed out that I was not the AVN he asked me what the view of the membership was. I explained that I didn’t know because we didn’t ask them. [my bold]

AVN Beattie Di Natale doesn't know the views of the membership

Beattie also states, about his view of vaccines:

He then wanted to know what my personal view was. So I told him I was unconvinced of their value.

“Unconvinced of their value”. Unconvinced of their value? I don’t know much about understatement, but, this is what was found in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission about Beattie’s (the president of the AVN) views on vaccination:

AVN Beattie Human Right Commission anti-vaccine

Okay. Remember Beattie’s comment up there, pertaining to the vaccination views of the AVN membership: “I explained that I didn’t know because we didn’t ask them.” This won’t take long.

Only six days later, on July 4, the AVN published a blog post pointing readers to a survey of AVN members. The survey was conducted in late 2012. Today, July 5, the AVN sent out a media release (which was funny, as you know what the AVN has to say about all media except nutty conspiracy pod-casts), which was a precise copy of the survey blog post. Here is what the survey found, about the AVN membership:

Almost all had a negative attitude to childhood vaccination, with 85% being able to recall a time when they had become less positive to vaccination than previously.

AVN Beattie blog post survey of members

You had one job, Greg Beattie. One job.

You couldn’t even go six days without proving, with your own words, that you lied to Senator Di Natale, whilst at the same time recording the conversation of a Federal Senator without his knowledge, and publishing it on the official blog of a Charitable Fundraising Authority holder and Health Service Provider.

One job.

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17 Responses to AVN lies: are they pathological?

  1. tuxcomputers says:

    Wait what? They did the survey end of 2012 and it took them 6 months to collate it, just 6 days after Greggles claims he has no idea what the members think?

    Goodness Greggles I didn’t think it was possible but you are worse at this than Derpyl Dorey.

  2. Andy says:

    So will Ken be starting up a scribd “Greg Beattie’s trouble with the truth”? Or am I late to that party?

  3. Mike Busby says:

    Hoisted on his own petard, again apparently. How much more nonsense does the NSW state government have to put up with from this mob before they close them down permanently?

  4. sirboabtree says:

    Nothing more pathetic than a troll who manages to out himself without any outside help. Nice one Greg I believe the term you are looking for is “Shot himself in the lip”. Gee I hope they don’t get any outside help to fix up their problems because they are doing an excellent job of destroying themselves from within. Hmm self white anting – anyone else have a better description than that?
    Mike Busby

  5. Darkly Venus says:

    Some call it cognitive dissonance. I call it aggressive delusional audacity.
    Among other things.

  6. I trust this has been forwarded to Senator Di Natale?

  7. The reason for this monumental stuff up can be found in one simple fact. Beattie may be President of the AVN in name but Dorey is still running the show and they are not communicating with one another. It’s fun to watch.

  8. Greg is Floyd Landis to Meryl’s Lance Armstrong.

    I will be sharing popcorns whilst watching the fun.

  9. A tiny bit tangential, but I’m kind of jealous that you Aussies have an actual senator standing up to the AVN.

  10. Enter popcorn gif here [___], climb into NBC suit and await the fallout. I seriously hope Greg and his group get nailed to the wall for this and Senator Di Natale asks for an investigation into the groups practices.

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