The anti-vaccination film, Vaxxed, has been doing the rounds at secret events on Australia’s east coast. The film was canned by a Brisbane council after it was revealed that a council venue had been hired – deceptively, of course – by the anti-vaccination pressure group, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network.
Fast-forward a fortnight and it was Melbourne’s turn to host the fantasy-film. Secret events were again advertised, with purchasers only finding out the location of the venue for their screening via text message, only hours before the event. This brings us to today’s secret screening.
At 1735 hours, today, a video was posted to the Vaxxed Australia/New Zealand Facebook group. The video was deleted after a couple of hours. Then, shortly after that, the post was deleted:
Thanks, again, to some keen-eyed friends we have managed to grab some stills from the video before it was deleted. That is the host, Tasha David (president of the AVN):
And thanks to the very helpful Brett Smith, Olivier Vles, Trent Wiseman, and Luke O’Hehir we also have more, public, photographic evidence of the venue in which the anti-vaccination film screening was held:
Later, a Facebook live video was also broadcast from the chiropractic business, featuring a Q and A session fronted by the cream of Australian anti-vaccinationism. From left to right – Tasha David (AVN president), Brett Smith (AVN spokesperson and member), and Wendy Lydall (veteran antivaxer who laughed about children dying from chicken pox):
Another of our keen-eyed friends noticed the zebra mural in the stills, obviously taken in a chiropractor’s business. We have seen that before…
This is a still from the 2013 ABC Catalyst episode on chiropractic; and that is anti-vaccination chiropractor, and regular star of this blog, Simon Floreani:
It comes as no surprise that the Floreanis – both of whom are regulars on this blog, and both of whom are/were professional members of the anti-vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network – allowed their chiropractic business to be used to screen an anti-vaccination film; Jennifer Barham-Floreani bluntly declared her disdain for the Chiropractic Board of Australia, on August 9 2013, in response to the CBA’s public statement against chiropractic anti-vaccinationism:
But high-profile chiropractors say they will continue providing information about both sides of the vaccination argument.
Chiropractor and author Jennifer Barham-Floreani says it will not stop her colleagues from giving patients advice.
“Chiropractors will certainly be working towards making sure that the information that they convey to parents is the latest, up-to-date information that presents both sides of the vaccination debate,” she said.
The CBA has issued many more ultimatums to chiropractors since 2013; the Floreanis are steadfastly recalcitrant in their disdain for the Board (see the video update at the end of this post for a perfect demonstration of this unprofessional disdain for regulators). And somehow they are still registered, to this day.
For an excellent run-down of the first Vaxxed screening, in Brisbane, see this post from Diluted Thinking: AVSN: Vaxxed The Movie – Australian Premiere.
It pleases me to some extent that the Vaxxed team was forced to rely on a disgraced organisation that carries a current public health warning, that its Australian release was funded by a scam, and a featured guest is a demonstrable activist thug [Brett Smith].
A threat to public health and safety, a scam, a thug and conspiracies aplenty. What could be more fitting for a movie such as Vaxxed.
And speaking of demonstrable activist thugs, these images were posted by Brett Smith and Olivier Vles, from that premiere screening, which was held in a church venue:
Whilst these images were published from the more recent screening which was held at the Maroochy RSL, on the Sunshine Coast:
Left to right – Andrew Somes, Allona Lahn, and Olivier Vles:
Complaints about the venue owners, Simon Floreani and Jennifer Barham-Floreani, and their chiropractic business (including all of the chiropractors who practise there), can be submitted to the Chiropractic Board of Australia, here; you can ask them about the Floreanis’ continuing professional registration.
The full, hour-long video has been re-uploaded to the Vaxxed Australia/New Zealand page:
Update December 11 2016
If the Chiropractic Board of Australia doesn’t think it has enough evidence to deregister the Floreanis, then, this November 3 2016 interview – between deranged US antivax chiro, Billy DeMoss, and Simon Floreani – should hold the Board over a flame. If AHPRA and the CBA do not act against the Floreanis, based on this interview alone, then, the whole thing needs to be shut down: