My apologies for the long delay in getting these letters posted to the blog. It has been very busy here but this has been in the back of my mind to be sure and get it done before I leave for Perth so I’m happy to have been able to do that in time!
If I have missed out on anyone’s letter, please accept my apology. I have tried to make sure that every letter was not only posted to the blog but that I wrote back to everyone who sent a letter – acknowledging their contribution and thanking them. If anyone was missed out – it was not intentional.
Following is the letter that Margaret Allen, CEO of the State Library, has been sending to the Skeptic supporters who are asking to have this seminar cancelled. Despite an enormous amount of pressure – an almost unbelievable amount – Ms Allen has resisted with grace and intelligence. Of course, this is exactly what we would expect from a Librarian – since libraries have been the repositories and defenders of free access to information for millennia.
The State Library of Western Australia provides facilities and services to the community of Western Australia as a whole; inevitably from time to time this may include interest groups with views that some may find controversial.
The State Library does not make any judgment about individuals, groups or organizations, unless there is a clear breach of law, policies or procedures, in which case we may act to exclude clients.
I acknowledge your opposition to the Australian Vaccination Network but this does not provide grounds for the State Library to exclude this group from using a public facility for lawful means.
Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian
I have been given permission to allow the following letter writer’s name and details stand since she would be easy enough to identify just by the content of her letter. It is incredible that in a free society, we have to be afraid to speak our truth for fear of those who claim they are supporting freedom but instead, are open suppressing it. Here’s to brave Kate and to the homoeopathic associations in Australia and around the world that are facing serious threats from those who want to maintain their monopoly on patient care.
I will be supporting the AVN meeting in Perth on 1st June.
I am delighted that you are now able to come over and hold an open forum about this thorny subject.
As a Health professional for over 43 years, firstly in the UK NHS as a Registered Nurse Midwife and Health Visitor for 18 years, experienced in child care in the community, and for 28 years as a registered Homeopath in the UK and Australia as a practitioner, assessor for the Homeopathic registers in both countries, and currently Vice President for the WA Australian Homeopathic Association.
I am very concerned at the side effects vaccination given before the age of 6 months can cause.
I have seen a lot of ‘side effects’ ranging from actual death, brain damage, severe epilepsy and other problems such as recurrent infections and ‘glue’ ear, gut and kidney problems as well as profound behavioural and functional difficulties.
These may well be classed as ‘anecdotal’ by a sceptical uncaring ‘scientific’ minority, but as a mother of 3 children now in their early 30’s who also experienced serious health problems after vaccination I can vouch for the effect it has on their development and the difficulties of managing these children.
I have spent many years in assisting thousands of children and their families on both the orthodox and alternative sides of the fence, and sadly, have seen the breakup of too many families due to the stress caused by this situation.
It is difficult enough bringing up a young family but to have added problems brought on by well-intentioned medical intervention is intolerable. Worse still is not to be heard and put down as a hysterical unfit mother.
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The Physician’s Prayer
From inability to let well alone,
From too much zeal for the new
And contempt for what is old;
From putting knowledge before wisdom,
Science before art, and cleverness
before common sense;
For making the cure of disease more
grievous than the endurance of the same;
Good Lord deliver us
Sir Robert Hutchison
I just wanted to thank you for your assistance in getting a venue for AVN to give their important talk.
My patients, my associates, my family and myself will be there.
I hope you do not get too inundated with emails about the AVN seminar, but I do think it is important to support your decision to provide your venue. This should not even be necessary really, as we live in a country of free speech and liberty, and what Meryl has to say is not quackery or irresponsible information. It is just encouraging parents to consider all options and be aware of their choices.
As a parent, a health professional (I am a speech pathologist), and a mother, I can say that it is important that parents are able to have access to information that gives them a balanced view to make a choice.
In our chiropractic practice many of our clients are vaccinated and many are not, but I know one thing – most of them research their decisions heavily and if they do vaccinate, they do a number of things nutritionally and health-wise to ensure their child has a reduced chance of reaction.
It is vitally important that they know what both decisions involve, and if they do choose to vaccinate, that they are aware of things that can help to reduce reactions.
I have worked as a health professional for over 10 years and I have seen many children react to vaccinations … sometimes quite severely, and I know that some of these could have been prevented.
I know personally of a number of families on the Sunshine Coast here who have taken their kids to the hospital after severe fevers and febrile vomiting from H1NI to be told that they couldn’t have possibly reacted to the vaccination they just had, and the Dr refused to document any reaction. I don’t know about you, but I would think that it is time that we did look at what is happening when our health professionals are too scared to report reactions and do their duty of care for children.
The group of people that may start targeting and pressuring you to stop the seminar are very extreme in their views, and funnily enough, more extreme than Meryl and the thousands of parents that choose to research and make decisions about their children’s health rather than blindly following the “pack”.
Given the problems that have happened recently with the under 5 flu vaccine (which was barely tested short term, let alone longitudinally on children) we need to be vigilant as parents and be responsible for our decisions.
It is no longer safe to just give our kids chemicals without researching them. It is not the job of the drug companies to say that their products are safe. I always come back to one thing – thalidomide was considered safe, smoking was considered safe and HRT was considered safe. We should always research and consider what we put into our bodies (and especially the bodies of our children) very carefully.
Our country was built on freedom of speech and free communication and It would be a tragedy for this to stop. Thank you for assuring the AVN that you will allow Meryl to speak. I hope that you can see her present the information – I have seen her before and I was pleasantly surprised at how factual, professional, clear and objective her information is. She is an excellent speaker and comes from an angle of support and encouragement rather than fear and propaganda. You will probably already have realized this by her dealings with you and your library.
I suspect that you may not receive such rational communication from the group that is against her presentation. Thank you for supporting the freedom for parents to make responsible, informed decision for their children.
Dear M/s Allen,
I am sure that your support for the above event will be well approved by any person wanting to do their best for the entire community (children and adults) on this freechoice scenario and debate.
This lecture must proceed with the blessings of all free thinking citizens and the blessings of many, indeed, members of the Australian Vaccination Network.
The AVN seminar on June 1st is designed to allow people to become better informed about vaccination issues at a time when there is increasing controversy and media coverage of this issue.
The AVN is not about knocking any particular belief and I never fail to be angered by the vigorous opposition to our fundamental right to make our own choices regarding health.
Meryl Dorey has stood strong in the face of the most vicious verbal attacks by uninformed persons, in order to allow free thinkers to access vital information.
Please help her and the AVN by resisting any moves to stop this enormously important event. After all, knowledge is empowering.
I am an avid supporter of informed consent. To allow information to flow freely amongst the masses, we need to provide a spectrum of information; so then the masses are able to make choices.
It took me 2 years to decide not to vaccinate, with all the information. I am now proud to say I do not agree with the decisions encouraged by the government. They are now locked in and cannot move to make decisions for the best of the health of the children.
The whole program of vaccination is now out of control, and the process of engaging public health, was not set out and recorded properly in the first place. Financial assistance to provide accurate research is tainted by the pharmaceutical companies, and there is a lot of money involved, which keeps the wheels turning, by a few decision makers who have their hand in the pot of gold.
I find the loss of free speech by those wishing to cover up truth abhorrent to me and my belief in God shaken by those who should uphold the truth and will not. That a campaign against an organisation by those who don’t like the TRUTH and are associated with businesses and believe they should control people for their own benefit by intimidation is not the Australian way.
So the seminar should be held, thank you.
It is not that the AVN is against vaccination, but is against the information given by the manufacturers that it is absolutely safe where in actual fact it is not.
An Australian virologist who worked on the vaccines himself had doubts about the Efficacy of the materials used.
I am writing in support of the AVN seminar organised for the 1st of June. Thank you in advance for allowing this seminar to be held at your venue, I thank you for doing the right thing in supporting our democratic society.
Good Morning Margaret,
I am pleased that the seminar is now taking place at the state library. I feel everyone should have the choice to hear Meryl Dorey speak on this topic of vaccinations.
I have witnessed first hand the pitfalls of mass vaccination and as a concerned parent, I urge everybody to hear both sides of the story.
You always have to ask yourself why certain groups oppose certain topics so strongly – especially in light of recent events here in Perth.
I for one will be attending to listen to the information being presented.
Good Morning Margaret
I believe that the planned Vaccination Information presentation at the State Library Of W.A. should be allowed to proceed without any fuss and that “NOBODY” has the right to impede free speech.
I personally have been reading/researching things that affect the human body from a medical perspective for years after having spent many thousands of dollars in the “Health System” to no avail.
I came across Meryl Dorey years ago and have read a raft of information provided by her organization as well as from any other source that I was able to get my hands on.
I have found the information that Meryl Dorey presents to be most Impeccably researched and backed up by scientific studies and have yet to find anything questionable.
I have met/come across a lot of people in my time and Meryl Dorey is one of a select few that I respect without hesitation. I would recommend anybody who is serious about health issues to attend any of her seminars. Meryl Dorey is a beacon of hope shining brightly among a sea of misinformation providers who all stand to gain financially from the misinformation they pedal.
As a result of my reading, I am well on my way back to good health and have a 12 year old who has never seen a doctor other than for stitches for a deep cut.
Australia Is a free country and I believe that every individual has the right to unbiased, scientifically backed information which is what Meryl Dorey prides herself on providing.
As an early childhood nurse, I want to express my appreciation that you are having the flu vaccine seminar at the library. I so believe in parents making an informed decision when it comes to vaccination instead of just following orders. Our children are precious and their health is important. I congratulate every parent that takes these issues serious and finds out what is best for their child.
I understand that you are the CEO and State librarian of WA and one of your facilities has been booked by the AVN for a seminar. As a librarian, you are undoubtedly involved in the dissemination of information. The AVN exists to provide a more complete view on vaccination than that provided by the government and medical association. It does not purport to be anti vaccination but believes that important information is often withheld or misconstrued. In the interests of free speech, I encourage your organisation to provide the venue for this seminar despite threats and unreasonable conduct from those with undisclosed interests who seek to oppose it.
Dear Mrs Allen,
Whilst I live in NSW and will not be attending the AVN Flu Vaccination Seminar I would urge you to please make sure the seminar goes ahead so that those who are interested in what Meryl Dorey has to say can attend. Freedom of speech and freedom of communication is still allowed in this country so please keep that in mind and not be bullied or scared into preventing the seminar from going ahead because the Australian Skeptics. I have no idea why they are so frightened of what Meryl has to say. She presents the facts and allows adults to make up their own minds after being fully informed. Please stay strong and don’t bow to pressure from a group of people with ulterior motives.
Dear Ms Allen,
Thank you for providing a venue for the AVN to hold its Flu Vaccine Seminar on the 1st June 2010.
My husband and I have three healthy teenagers ranging from 18 to 13.
Throughout the past 19 years, Meryl and the AVN have been instrumental in providing information and directing us to sources regarding vaccination.
We have always been encouraged to make our own decision without judgment or expectations from the AVN. Their sole motivation has always been to simply present the facts.
We will be forever grateful for the AVN and Meryl’s work and are glad a venue is being made available so others can have the same opportunity.
S & D K
I think it is very important that people get the chance to hear about the flu vaccine and its side effects.
I am very happy that Meryl Dorey will be conducting this seminar to make people aware and therefore informed.
Hello Mrs Allen,
I would just like to say thank you for your support of freedom of speech in standing by the AVN in providing the venue for this information session in relation to the Flu Vaccination Seminar.
Their (AVN’s) help in assisting us with providing information over many years has been invaluable to our family and many friends.
It has been quite challenging and frightening to witness the events/behaviour that has transpired from those that oppose this issue and the lengths they will go to in order to prevent this event.
So thank you again,
I am writing in support of the AVN and the view that informed choice is a fit and proper goal for any democratic society.
As a member of the AVN for a number of years, I feel that I have been well informed and empowered by the work of the AVN. I believe that the AVN should be entitled to hold a public seminar to discuss and debate the efficacy and the dangers of vaccination.
According to Dr Carole Hungerford (Queensland), “a public debate is long overdue and should be conducted on a scientific basis without emotion”. I am very concerned with the links between vaccines, adverse reactions and childhood/adult disease.
The previous cancellation of the AVN’s seminar in Perth by the Uniting church clearly demonstrates the pressure that governments are prepared to place on organisations to prevent such a seminar taking place. What are they afraid of?
Margaret, if you are able to influence the outcome in any way, would you please ensure that this seminar is allowed to take place.
Dear Ms Allen,
I hope you are well.
I just wanted to express my opinion that the Flu Vaccination Seminar on June 1st should go ahead because people have the right to hear the other side of the story. It is a question of freedom of speech and communication, and whilst I understand people’s concerns for airing their disapproval, I really believe that there are a number of things happening out there that we are not fully aware of.
Apart from that, I think it is beneficial for anyone in life to have a balanced understanding of any topic. Only by being aware of both sides to any story will we be able to exercise true freedom of choice.
I believe the issues presented and discussed by the AVN are worthy of attention.
All the best,
I just wanted to take a moment to forward a note of my appreciation of the WA Library’s decision to host the abovementioned meeting. At a time when any topic is hotly debated, it is equally heart warming to know we have the opportunity to discover and share information on contentious issues from various perspectives. Being as informed as possible is the only way to arrive at conscious decisions. By agreeing to host the event, you are giving many this opportunity and should be thanked accordingly – I hope we in Queensland are afforded the same consideration.
Thank-you for allowing people not only freedom of speech but more importantly freedom of an informed & educated choice,
Much appreciated & a win for common sense,
Dear Ms. Allen,
On behalf of my children, myself, my community and my country, we offer you (and your establishment) our sincere thanks and appreciation for allowing the upcoming AVN seminar to he held at your premises.
The recent ignorant and hostile attacks in relation to the AVN are nothing more than a blatant attempt to disrupt and/or censor our right to ‘freedom of speech’, which at this stage remains our democratic right. Indeed, it is our right (as Australian citizens) to receive information and make our own personal decisions on every matter, regardless of what this may be. After all it is we ourselves who must live with the consequences of our decisions, whatever they may be.
In light of this, we thank you most sincerely for standing by your word and bravely supporting our ‘right’ to information in this country we call home…Australia.
Yours Most Sincerely,
The A Family
Mrs Margaret Allen,
CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for showing that free speech and informed choice are not dead in Australia.
In spite of the Uniting Church being obviously bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical companies and their supporters, my wife and I applaud your stance to allow another point of view to be heard and not bow to pressure from people too corrupted by money to really care about our health or that of our children.
Erin Brockovich was subjected to the same sort of condemnation from the people in power, who just wanted to shut her up.
Meryl Dorey is another such person who has gone to great lengths over the years to bring FACTS out into the open, that the pharmaceutical companies would obviously much prefer to keep under wraps. She does not have any vested interest other than seeing that the truth gets out to the people, so that they can make an INFORMED choice when it comes to vaccination.
Thank you for standing up to any pressure groups hoping to censor this event.
G & S W
Dear Ms Allen
I have been a keen follower of AVN’s doings since its inception. I admire the way AVN helps Australians make an informed choice about vaccinations and about other important life matters. I admire their standing in our Australian community as a voice to be heard, despite conjecture.
I am unable to attend the seminar – but I know there are groups in Australia who oppose free speech, freedom to think and freedom of choice, who will do their utmost to have the seminar cancelled.
I am requesting you not be influenced by the so-called pro-science thinkers and make sure the seminar goes ahead, for the good of all.
I do so hope that you continue to allow the AVN to conduct its seminar at your venue next week. I found the AVN to be an invaluable resource when my first child experienced a bad reaction to her vaccines in the first few months of her life. I truly believe that my child’s now robust health is in part due to the tireless work that this organisation performs. It is important that members of the public are free to be informed of the potential dangers of vaccines.
I live in Canada, originally from UK. I am always appalled by the attacks on freedom of speech in Australia, a country I have always considered to be enlightened. I do hope that pressure from certain groups will not lead you to cancel this seminar.
BSN, MA, Ph.D
This seminar should definitely go ahead. If there is nothing to hide, why is it that people are so against these events? I think “THEY” (drug companies/government) make themselves look even more guilty when they try to bully “us” into cancelling these events. Cancelling them is only going to make us work harder to get the word out.
My husband and I often have family and friends who think we are bad parents for not vaccinating our children and then of course “putting everyone else at risk”. Our reply to them is, “If you believe that vaccination is everything it is cracked up to be, why are you worried? This should mean that your children are safe, shouldn’t it?????
We very rarely get a reply to this statement and to top it off, I remind them that when chicken pox, measles etc goes around the school or children’ s centre, our children don’t get it, but the kids that have been vaccinated do. Why is that??????????
no response to that one either
Keep up the good work AVN. People like you have changed our lives and saved our kids If only my parents knew of this info 35 years ago!!!
Regards and thanks,
I am looking forward to the AVN presentation next week – I do hope it will be going ahead. As a mother of 3 children, I am interested to hear any and all information regarding vaccination.
I am writing to support this information meeting as I feel it is most important that the community as a whole are able to make an informed decision about what vaccines are safe and useful to their health and not only of their children.
I myself did not know these scary facts and had a flu vaccine last Month. I wish I had known about these deadly facts beforehand.
I am not able to attend the meeting this coming Tuesday, however I have passed on the invitation and details to my close friends and family and everyone is very keen to attend. Please keep the booking as many will benefit from this most useful information evening.
Thanks and regards,
EG – an advocate for healthy and wholesome living!
Thank you for supporting the reschedule for the Australian Vaccination Networks’ Flu vaccination seminar.
I feel it is essential in our society that we are ALL given the opportunity and unhindered access to information especially when it comes to our own health and the health of our children.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion yet when seminars or meetings are canceled due to pressure from people that do not agree with the content, then we are moving towards a restrictive society such as in communism!
Once again thank you for ensuring this seminar will take place.
I would just like to thank you for holding this important event at the Alexander Library Perth, as I am very interested in pro choice and making informed decision for my family.
Thank you for giving us this venue to hold such an important topic in today’s world.
Good Morning Margaret,
RE: Hosting the AVN Seminar in June
I have heard that the Australian Skeptics are pressuring to have the above mentioned seminar cancelled. I would like to pass on my encouragement to stand against such pressure as we in Australia have a right to freedom of speech and we are not under a totalitarian government.
As citizens of a democratic government we need to be able to exercise this right to speak up and allowed to be heard. As the average Australian would say, “Fair go.”
I commend the AVN and Meryl Dorey to you – this organization is giving the ‘other side of the story’ as there is another side of the story to vaccines. Meryl and her organisation are courageous people. Let the grassroots decide whether their message has validity.
Stand firm and give them a fair go,
Citizen of Democratic Australia
I believe that freedom of speech is something all Australians hold dear to their heart and it is something which makes our country the great place that it is.
To be able to provide those interested in vaccination with the information they may want and need to make an informed decision is part of their democratic right.
Thank you for upholding our right for Freedom of Speech.
Dear Mrs Allen,
I am writing to you in regards to the upcoming AVN seminar to be held
at the library.
I am a strong supporter of the AVN and their excellent work to maintain the health freedom of all Australians. I think everyone should have the right to choose to have or not have whatever medical interventions are right for them.
The AVN fights hard for us to keep those rights, which are an integral part of a truly democratic society.
Please do not bow to whatever pressure (and I imagine there is a lot) is being put upon you to cancel the upcoming flu seminar. If vaccines are so truly safe, wonderful and effective, why is it that pro-vaccinators are so very adamant that this seminar must not go ahead? What are they scared of?
Thank you very much for your valuable time.
Yours in support of health freedom,
Good evening Margaret,
I would like to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard in this case) to express my concern that those who are only concerned in pushing their own opinion regarding the Flu Vaccine may exert enough pressure to cause the State Library to cancel the forthcoming Vaccination Seminar.
As Australia is a democracy, I believe it is the right of both sides to put their case forward. I know for a fact that a number of people and organisations in favour of the Flu Vacccine have been offered the opportunity to debate the issues regarding this matter with the Australian Vaccination Network face to face, and have for whatever reasons declined the chance. It would appear that the Skeptics Society and similar organisations would rather wield covert influence and pressure to stop parents like myself hearing both sides of the story.
I put my faith in you to do what is right and not bow to the lowly methods such organisations use, and to hold this seminar so that I, as a mother, can listen to the issues being raised and make my own mind up.
Please do not cancel this seminar.
I am someone that has been helped by the knowledge freely available from the AVN network, and I would like to see all interested WA residents being able to have the same opportunities to hear information about vaccines, as presented by the AVN.
It’s wonderful that you have the courage to stand up to the bullies who try to stop Freedom of Speech because it dares to offer evidence that differs from their dogmatic, narrow and vested views. These so called sceptics have on many occasions in the past around the world, threatened and attempted to denigrate and villify any who do not agree with their ideas. Meryl has factual scientific and legal evidence, as well as many personal testimonies to present, and this group, and their financial instigators, do not want this evidence made public.
So, I applaud and congratulate you
I am compelled to write this e-mail in support of freedom of information in regards to vaccination. In order to make a real informed decision of whether to vaccinate or not we need to have ALL the information, not just that it’s a good idea. No doctor told me of the risks, or what in fact any of the preservatives were in any vaccine that my eldest daughter was getting. If I had known I would not have had her vaccinated. The AVN has given me all the information I need to make an informed decision. Although I do not believe vaccination to be safe at this time, I do believe you need to combine healthy living and look at other ways to boost your child’s immune system so they can fight off any disease.
I am writing to express my concern that a minority voice “Australian Skeptics” are attempting to have a vaccination information seminar cancelled. Despite any evidence or opinions on either side of this debate, the fact remains that we must maintain the right to debate this issue.
Any interference in this freedom flies in the face of democracy and I question the motives of anyone attempting to do this. I hope that the truth will prevail in this situation and the seminar in question will proceed without interference.
I am writing to firstly thank you for supporting free speech, by enabling Meryl Dorey of the AVN to hold a seminar on vaccinations at your facility.
Secondly I request that you do not cancel the event in the face of what appears to be a concerted campaign to suppress the information Meryl offers on the issues surrounding vaccinations.
Dear Mrs Allen,
Thank you for providing a safe and free environment for the WA AVN Flu Vaccination seminar to take place. It is of great importance to me and my family as Australian citizens to have access to all information available around health choices for my family. Sure there are some that disagree with the AVN, but that does not give them the right to take away my civil right to valuable scientific information provided by the AVN.
Again I thank you for your courage and support for providing freedom of information to Australian families
I believe that we as Australian Citizens should have the freedom of speech and communication.
I truly believe that we should be given ALL the information around the subject of vaccination to be able to make our own informed choice.
The seminar scheduled for 1st June in Perth is one of the ways in which citizens of Australia can achieve this.
As a midwife I strongly encourage my parents and parents to be to explore both sides of this subject to be able to make an informed decision around this important decision of whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.
Thank you for hosting Meryl & the AVN talk coming up soon. It is greatly appreciated your support of free speech – especially in the face of bullying tactics by groups e.g. skeptics.
Wishing you a wonderful night.
Just writing to let you know how grateful we are that freedom of speech is still available as is evidenced by you booking in the AVN seminar. It is wonderful that a minority group, that is threatened for some reason by the AVN, cannot impose their own beliefs on others by restricting their access to information.
People in Australia currently have the right to research and access information on issues critical to their family’s health and to then make their own informed decisions.
It will indeed be a sad day when belligerent people shutdown our right to make our own decisions by restricting us to only their point of view.
I am writing this from my home state of NSW but feel very strongly in this information night going ahead. I would attend one myself if it was available in NSW.
I believe strongly in freedom of information and giving people a chance to make informed choices for their family.
Please allow this important subject to be openly discussed at your venue
I am writing a short note to express my concerns about the attempted suppression of free speech with regards to the issues of vaccinations. I believe all should be allowed to express their viewpoints with out fear of repercussions. Freedom of speech is essential in democratic societies.
My parents retured from China this morning. My mother was writing an email to the family which commented upon the fear of the people in expressing their viewpoints and the tragedy of many of the poor people’s housing being bulldozed to make way for private developments. As she was writing this, the paragraph DISAPPEARED……Was deleted by people paid to read and delete information which is controversial or critical of the government.
Please do not contribute to a future like this.
Dear Ms Allen,
Thank you for providing a venue for the AVN flu presentation on 1 June.
After having two children who have suffered long-term effects from a vaccine, I am a keen supporter of the AVN and its role in providing broad information on the full effects of vaccines to the community.
It is vital that parents continue to have access to this information when making the difficult decision of whether or not to vaccinate – they can’t be fully informed otherwise.
So thank you once again for protecting our right to open venues and freedom of information.
Dear Mrs. Allen,
I am writing to express my thanks and admiration to those who made the use of the State Library available for the upcoming AVN Seminar scheduled for the 1st June.
For many years, I have been an advocate for human rights, freedom of choice and speech and the preservation of open communication and understanding and was appalled at the hypocrisy and injustice displayed by the Uniting Church when they cancelled their venue with no prior notice.
The information the AVN has to impart is invaluable if parents are to receive both sides of the vaccination issue and make informed and educated decisions in relation to their family’s health.
However there are certain factions that will, I believe, do all in their power to have this newly scheduled seminar cancelled. They proceed to denigrate, belittle and malign those with differing opinions to their own and show no compunction at resorting to methodical intimidation, through the media, emails etc. of those who are even vaguely associated with, or choose to support the pro-choice lobby in any way. These factions are not about stopping this seminar because they believe the information that will be available on the night is a “danger to public health”; they are in fact about ensuring that their views are the only ones heard and all other points of view are silenced.
I firmly believe it is every person’s right to choose their own health care and their business associates without intimidation or coercion from anyone and that these rights should be upheld and preserved at all costs, because once they are in any way rescinded, seldom, if ever, are they returned intact.
I commend your decision to make the Library available for this seminar and sincerely hope it goes ahead without a hitch.
I would like to thank you for allowing the AVN to use your rooms for their upcoming talk, after what happened last month, which I’m sure you are aware of. I live in Sydney with my family but have friends in Perth who will be attending the evening. I am myself a full-time health-care professional & feel that people have a right to hear the whole story of the vaccination issue, not just the side the officials want us to hear.
Dear Mrs Allen,
I know that the AVN seminar was cancelled by the venue in WA a few weeks ago. I implore you not to give in to the troublemakers who seem to have a lot of money and influence to try and quash everything the AVN does.
I believe we all have a right to be informed, and unfortunately, it is a little too late for me and my vaccine damaged son. I only wish I had more knowledge 8 years ago before I made the decision to vaccinate.
Please ensure this event takes place next week so that many more parents can make informed choices, after all last time I checked we still lived in a democracy.
I am writing to show my support for freedom of speech.
The AVN’s seminar should be allowed to take place to provide information to anyone who wishes to listen. Nobody is forcing this information onto anyone, it’s up to individuals to decide on their own health choices for themselves and their families. I truly believe that any organisation which supports the informed health choices in our society should be allowed to provide the information which is supported by full medical references. Where are the health professionals? I don’t see these people providing this kind of information during their spare time.
I live in Australia, a democratic society with freedom of speech.
I hope that you don’t succumb to the pressure of these Sceptics – what positive contribution are they making?
Dear Mrs Allen,
Thank you for having the AVN at your venue in June.
The AVN provide people with the accurate and current information about vaccinations, pharmaceutical drugs and other forms of “health care” so that people are given the opportunity to make informed decisions across a whole range of health issues. I feel that it is incredibly worrisome that there are groups who do not respect the basic right of Australians to have freedom of speech, choice and information and who try to prevent (and have succeeded) information sessions such as the AVN seminars from occurring.
I have attended two previous AVN seminars and have always found the presenters to be very respectful to all, no matter what choices people make.
Dear Ms. Allen,
I am writing to you about the upcoming talk Meryl Dorey is to hold at your library and to ask you to please not be swayed by the pressure from the skeptics association.
If the information being provided were lies or half truths, then I could understand the skeptics wanting to stop this talk, but everything Ms. Dorey imparts is factual and can be easily verified and I believe it is imperative that people know what they are risking before they make decisions about their health. I honestly can’t understand the motives of these skeptics and my hope is that you feel the same as I do,
Dear Mrs Allen,
I am writing as a concerned health professional – concerned not only for the health of children in Australia (and elsewhere) but concerned that the right to freedom of speech in Australia is never undermined. It has come to my attention that for the second time, the lecture to be presented in WA by Meryl Dorey of Australian Vaccination Network is under threat.
I sincerely hope that the State Library of WA also values the right for a dissenting opinion to be heard. As someone who has worked for more than 40 years in both orthodox and complementary medicine, I strongly believe that Australian families must have access to current research relating to vaccination. If that current research happens to undermine the orthodox dogma, it is even more important that said research is given a public voice.
In anticipation of a well-attended lecture by Meryl Dorey.
JR, B.Pharm (Hons) Dip. Clinical Nutrition
Dear Margaret Allen,
It’s hard to fathom the thinking that would want to prohibit Meryl and AVN from giving a speech on vaccination choice in Western Australia.
Unless of course you are against freedom of speech. Which I believe is un-constitutional.
I understand there may be a campaign to stop the AVN seminar from running.
In a democratic society, we have freedom of speech and freedom of communication.
In regards to this or any seminar, it is the individual’s right to attend, listen and make their own decisions about the information given.
It is not up to some fascist group to dictate what can and can’t be listened to.
I trust that the state library would not get involved with groups who have different views and allow the individuals to make their own choice.
I am contacting you in support of the seminar on Vaccination scheduled for 1 June 2010.
I would like to say that the seminar is not just about vaccinations but also about the wider issue here which is our freedom of speech and freedom of communication.
Australia is a democratic country where each individual has the right to express their views on any issue without fear or favour. This is what our ancestors fought for and the Australian people enjoy this freedom which we want to continue and retain and marks the true value of a civilised society.
To cancel the seminar is a very serious attack on our Australian way of life and every single Australian who has the right to be informed about vaccinations if they choose to do so.
To cancel the seminar also tells us that you are scared and must have something to hide as there would not be any other reason for this.
Please seriously reflect on this and make a commitment that we can work together for the public good.
I urge to you allow Meryl to conduct the seminar as her only agenda is to provide the public with ALL the facts on this very important health issue.
In the time that I have known Meryl and the AVN team, I have been extremely impressed and feel privileged to know how much they care about the public’s health and welfare.
I have learnt so much from Meryl and the team – not only about vaccinations – but all health related issues of which I was very ignorant.
The information presented has always been open, professional, objective, supportive and this has allowed me to make up my own mind and decisions in health related matters. This to me is the outstanding mark of a professional organisation.
I can honestly say that it has been an honour to know Meryl and all the staff at the AVN and you cannot ask for a more supportive, professional organisation.