Diluted Thinking

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21st Century Australia: Anti-Vaccination

Introduction

Jamie McIntyre founded the 21st Century Australia party in 2013. Its health policy consisted of a broad statement in a single sentence. No publications (including countless websites and social media accounts) by the party, or McIntyre, mentioned vaccination or any alternative health information whatsoever.

In October 2014 McIntyre launched the newspaper, Australian National Review. It is cover-to-cover full of conspiracies and anti-establishment nonsense, pulling in stories from all the major conspiracy sites on the internet. It is my opinion that McIntyre launched this rag as nothing more than a marketing tool to solicit political support and pick up new marks from a specific demographic, one which is known to be active, vocal, gullible and easily manipulated. His pet health topics, vaccination and cancer therapies, are two areas guaranteed to rile evidence-based proponents. What a coincidence.

McIntyre has recently upped his anti-vaccination rhetoric and on 6 April 2017 he published the article, ''Hansen, NewsCorp & Vitamin K - Vaccine Propaganda or Truth?'' Well, that's one way of trying to garner attention from mainstream sources with the bonus of suckering in more support from a target audience that has been defaming and attacking Hansen for years.

McIntyre's a bit late to this party but he sure has got his work cut out competing against HAP's Jason Woodforth, who at least really seems to believe what he preaches.

Anti-Vaccination

21st Century Australia's ''Overview of the 21 Point Plan for 2016'' specifically mentions vaccination in point 12:
Vaccinations
Remove mandatory vaccinations. The Government should take legal action against pharmaceutical companies for supply of unsafe vaccines. Encourage open and honest debate about the pros and cons of vaccination and fund independent studies on the health of vaccinated children versus unvaccinated ones. The Government would have to accept responsibility to ensure pharmaceutical companies supply safe vaccines.

21st Century Australia's Australian National Review boasts well over one hundred anti-vaccination articles pulled from a wide variety of conspiracy and anti-vaccination sites including Natural News, Mercola, SaneVax, etc.

The twitter account McIntyre uses to promote his political party (and other interests) links to many of the anti-vaccination articles on Australian National Review, with the occasional anti-vaccination tweet becoming more frequent recently. This twitter account goes back to 2009 but, not unexpectedly, there is not a single mention of vaccination before the announcement of his conspiracy rag in 2014.

All articles on ANR and relevant tweets are still publicly accessible, so I haven't provided any screenshots here. People foolish enough to believe that McIntyre really is a troooooof warrior can go read it at the source.

Well, that's it. McIntyre chose an easy target demographic and went for it. I wish him the best but he'll never beat Woodforth for the conspiracy vote. You gotta go full flat earth to even be in the running.
Perhaps McIntyre has delusions of being an Australian Mike Adams but that would require original material. Far too much effort for someone whose only notable public contribution to date has been providing photo opportunities with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As for McIntyre's interest in cancer therapies and chemo bashing, I'll leave that to the appropriate health regulatory agencies to deal with, if necessary.