Antivaxers violently react to proposed government immunisation-childcare policy and vilify bereaved parents

This news broke today:

UNVACCINATED children will be banned from all childcare centres and preschools in Australia under a hard line proposal spearheaded by the federal government.

The immunisation rates of all preschools and daycare centres will be made publicly available to parents, and a loophole allowing formal objections will also be closed as part of the Turnbull government’s plan to boost vaccination rates.

In a powerful endorsement of The Sunday Telegraph’s four-year No Jab, No Play campaign, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to state and territory leaders demanding all jurisdictions introduce nationally consistent laws to protect Australian children, and has vowed to take the policy to the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

The Australia-wide laws would not only remove exemptions for objectors but would ensure vaccination rates at each centre and preschool were publicly available.

In Sydney this week the Prime Minister met mother-of-four Toni McCaffery, whose baby daughter Dana died of whooping cough at four weeks of age.

Image courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph

The following screenshots of reactions from anti-vaccination activists – including attacks against the bereaved McCaffery and Hughes families (both of whom lost babies Dana and Riley, respectively, to whooping cough), as well as attacks on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his wife, and members of his government – are taken from various anti-vaccination Facebook groups and pages, today.

Anti-vaccination activists state that Malcolm Turnbull “needs a bullet”, and that he needs to “be put down.” Another states he would be “happy to punch him in the head.”

This collection will remain live.

No Vaccines Australia page 

Page administered by Ian Hastings of Sydney and Adelaide (also runs No Fluoride Australia).

The attack on Toni McCaffery is a lie. From The Sunday Telegraph, on May 26 2013:

TONI McCaffery suspects a daycare centre was the most likely point where her daughter Dana contracted whooping cough in 2009.

Dana was just six days old when Mrs McCaffery took her inside the centre while dropping off her four-year-old daughter Aisling.

Just over three weeks later, Dana was dead, her tiny body ravaged by whooping cough.

After Dana died, Mrs McCaffery set up a spreadsheet to track her movements and pinpoint where her baby had been exposed to the disease, narrowing the potential places down to the shopping centre, the school and the childcare centre.

Then six cases of whooping cough were confirmed at Aisling’s childcare centre.

Indeed, the McCafferys themselves have been consistent regarding the source of Dana’s infection from the beginning.

A NSW Health pamphlet featuring Dana’s story was released in 2011. The text is from NSW Health, but, this shows the McCafferys’ consistency:

On the fifth day, the whooping cough toxins caused her organs to shut down and Dana had a cardiac arrest. She was only 32 days old when she died.

Nobody knows where Dana was infected with whooping cough. It may have been at her sibling’s school or preschool. A loving relative or friend, or a complete stranger may have unknowingly passed the infection on.

The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network also attacked Toni McCaffery using Hastings’ lie:

Anti-Vaccination Australia group 

Group administrators are Belgin Sila Colak-Arslan and Breana Stanley.

Group moderators are Shawn Dhu, Bronwyn Hancock, Erin Kingston, Dan DeBuriatte, and assorted fake profiles.

Anti-Vaccination Australia page

Post by administrator Belgin Colak-Arslan:

Belgin Colak-Arslan public profile 

Serene Johnson is a registered nurse

Unvaccinated Australia group 

Group administrators are Brett Smith, Olivier Vles, Carmen Louise, Steve Kefalinos and various fake profiles.

Severe Adverse Reaction to Vaccination group 

Group administrators are Tanya Hammond, Lois Vitler, and Rob Thompson (fake profile).

Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network page 

Page run predominantly by AVN president Tasha David:

Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network fans page 

Page run predominantly by AVN past-president Meryl Dorey:

Vaccine Free Australia group 

Group administrators are Courtney Hebberman, Luke O’Hehir, Leah Hudson, Olivier Vles, and Zane Cosgrove.

Bring Vaxxed to Australia/New Zealand group

Group administrators are Tasha David (AVN president), Tasha David (other profile), Jennifer Smith (AVN representative), Sarah Cox (abused her own son with bleach enemas), Samantha Wisteria, Jennifer Heywood, Peta Dowle, Jamie Elizabeth Crook, and other fake profiles.

To be continued…


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11 Responses to Antivaxers violently react to proposed government immunisation-childcare policy and vilify bereaved parents

  1. Ryan Cooper says:

    Bravo for leaving their names visible to ale the world what a deplorable bunch the antis can really be.

  2. Hedu says:

    Moving overseas or building a community far away from vaccinated people? Yes please, I’ll even help you move!

  3. Mike says:

    Making threats of violence against political leaders on public social media pages, with their account names visible for all to see. They’re not a very smart bunch, are they?

    • Graham says:

      No they are not. But of course you cannot tell how many of those comments are real or just trolls trying to stir up trouble for LOLs. Either way this is terrifying how many people forget that there is a real world off the internet.

      • reasonable hank says:

        The profiles making the threats are legit. The admins of the antivax groups and pages are allowing the comments to remain.

  4. So some brainiac is suggesting that they go the old Freeman of the land route to counter this. Well they are in for a hiding for nothing. This is a perfectly acceptable medical practice and if you had lived in the 50’s and 60’s you would have seen this being rolled out to fight diseases such as polio where entire populations turned out to be treated. Access to the Internet has stopped this from happening because every nutter on the planet has access to every other nutter on the Internet and they feed off each other until we have the examples shown above.

  5. Sue says:

    Communism, Fascism, Agenda 21, Fabian Society….they don’t know their politics any better than their science, do they?

  6. I lost count of the conspiracy theories, I really loved the fact that they couldn’t decide between dictatorship, socialism or communism being the evil control system. Let’s hope they all go the freeman on the Land route I love watching those videos!

    • Hedu says:

      Freeman of the land……. Eventually they end up in jail and kids in state care. Sounds like a great idea. Such caring parents.

  7. Sue says:

    Considering how often these anti-vaxers exhort others to “do you own research”, they don’t seem to have done much on the financial interests of politicians.

    It’s easy to verify all these issues.

    Lucy Turnbull is Chairman of the Board (not CEO) of Prima BioMed – an Aus biotech company that develops immunotherapy for specific types of cancer, such as melanoma. They have specific collaborations with some multinational pharma companies in the same area – nothing to do with vaccines.

    It’s no surprise that the community illustrated above gets this stuff wrong, and places no importance at all on accuracy – just as they do behave with scientific matters.

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