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Vaxxed QLD Tour 2017 - Potential Venues

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Introduction

The AVN is conducting a tour of Queensland from 21 Oct to 6 Nov 2017 screening the movie Vaxxed.
Each location will have a screening of the movie followed by a Q&A session, where some of the USA Vaxxed team (Polly Tommey, Andrew Wakefield, Brian Hooker) will be appearing via Skype. The AVN will also be recording vaccine injury stories.

It is important that potential venues are aware that by hosting these events they are contributing to the spread of vaccine misinformation and engendering fear and alarm in their communities about vaccination.

AVN is the subject of a current public health warning issued by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission:

Warning about the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, Inc. ('AVN'), formerly known as Australian Vaccination Network Inc.

The Commission has established that AVN does not provide reliable information in relation to certain vaccines and vaccination more generally. The Commission considers that AVN's dissemination of misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers.

Source: NSW Health Care Complaints Commission - Warning about the AVN

AVN and the USA Vaxxed team recently conducted a similar tour on the east coast and Adelaide, leaving a trail of destruction in its path, lying to venues about the nature of the events, and culminated in a member of the USA Vaxxed team, Polly Tommey, having her visa cancelled and given a three year re-entry ban to Australia for posing a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community:

Extract: Australian Border Force notice of visa cancellation - risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community

In a We Are Vaxxed Facebook live video 7 Oct 2017 Tommey advises that New Zealand has also banned her re-entry for three years.

AVN enews, sent 12 Oct 2017, Meryl Dorey states that Polly Tommey was banned from Australia under TERRORISM legislation and that Kent Heckenlively, another person recently denied entry to Australia for dangerous views on vaccination, will be appearing at the events via Skype.


Polly Tommey banned from Australia under TERRORISM legislation
We are also very happy to announce that Dr Andrew Wakefield and Polly Tommey, both producers of the VaxXed documentary, have agreed to attend several of the Q & A sessions by Skype. As you may recall, the Australian government BANNED Polly Tommey under terrorism legislation because they supposedly feld she was a risk to maintaining the peace in Australia.

Another banned health activist (he just had to APPLY for a visa to get banned!), Kent Heckenlively, will also be attending some of these screenings via Skype. Dates and venues for all overseas guests will be confirmed shortly but at this point, we believe that Polly and Dr Wakefield will be at Toowoomba, Roma, Emerald, Rockhampton and Mackay and Kent Heckenlively will be at Ipswich, Townsville and Cairns - we will be looking at the other 2 venues shortly and hope to be announcing special guests on our Q & A panels ASAP.


The Queensland Health Minister, Cameron Dick, has called for Queenslanders to boycott screenings and said venues should refuse to show the film, stating that the anti-vaxxer agenda is dangerous and ill-informed.

Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon said he was even "more concerned" now the AVN appeared to be pursuing towns with good vaccination track records.
"These people are spreading misery, hurt and harm and nothing else," he said.

Source: The Courier-Mail, 27 Sep 2017

AVN enews, sent 20 Oct 2017, proudly boasted of the special guests (who have been banned from Australia for posing a risk to public health) that will be appearing via Skype:

AVN - exposing Australians to public health risks since 1994
"Now, we have some very exciting news to share. It's taken a while to iron out all of the details and we are still not sure of the later events, but below are the special guests who have confirmed their availability for the first few events. Either Tasha David (AVN President) or Meryl Dorey (AVN founder) will be at each and every event to help answer questions - but below are the confirmed overseas visitors who will be attending via Skype (because 2 of them have been banned by the Minister for Immigration). Let's show the government that they can keep these people out of Australia physically, but they cannot stop them from coming here to share their knowledge with us!"

The AVN also published this enews on its Fans of the AVN Facebook page.

Misleading Venues

The most recent tour of Vaxxed by the AVN and the USA Vaxxed team drew a lot of negative media attention.
It was shown that AVN had lied to venues when organising the tour. Following are just a few examples of the AVN's duplicity when booking venues.

Gold Coast screening - Miami State High School
AVN and the Vaxxed team came under fire for lying to Miami State High School about the booking.
The booking was made by a local organic business person who lied to the school, leading it to believe it was hosting a seminar about organic vegetables.
The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, called a ministerial inquiry into how the booking came about.
Media reports:
Queensland Premier angry over anti-vax screening at Gold Coast school , Brisbane Times
Gold Coast school 'tricked' into allowing anti-vaccination film screening , ABC News
Antivaxxers 'trick' Gold Coast school to allow them to air controversial anti-vaccination documentary , Herald Sun
Anti-vaccination documentary screened at Gold Coast school , The Courier-Mail

Charlestown screening - Charlestown Community Centre
The original Newcastle venue for this screening cancelled the event early on event day when it became aware that the booking was for the AVN.
A Newcastle local found a venue at short notice but this person did not divulge the true nature of the event. The manager of the Charlestown Community Centre was not happy being lied to:

Manager: "...you knew what was going to happen which is why you didn't tell us… Why didn't you tell us…", "…not until you were almost here".

[Commentary out of hearing of the manager]
Tommey: "This manager is freaking out."
Humphries: "They'll try to cut the Q&A off, probably."

Manager: "So how can you let all of these people know [audience]… you only booked it late this afternoon"

[inaudible response]

Manager: "That's my point, you do it deliberately so it won't cause trouble, which means you have fair reason to believe that it will cause trouble, which is only fair and reasonable that we [venue] were warned about that."

[Manager requests Tommey to stop filming, Tommey refuses]

Manager: "You need my permission to record and publish me…"

[Tommey stops filming her, walks away]

Tommey: "Who booked the venue?"

[non-AVN/Vaxxed individual]: "The booking's in my name."

Despite the mananger making it perfectly clear that she did not give permission to be filmed, Vaxxed and AVN published multiple videos of her anyway.

This screening also drew negative media attention to the dishonest tactics of the AVN and USA Vaxxed team.
Anti-vaxxed: anger at Charlestown film screening , Newcastle Herald
Outrage over Anti-Vax Doco Screening At Charlestown , Triple M Melbourne

Hawthorn screening - Hawthorn Arts Centre
Yet another venue lied to. The City of Boroondara released the following media statement dated 3 August 2017:

The City of Boroondara confirms that the film Vaxxed was shown at the Hawthorn Arts Centre this evening.

At the time of accepting the booking, the City of Boroondara was not informed of the nature of the event and was not asked to sell tickets to it.

Council is strongly opposed to the suggestion that children should not be vaccinated and commits considerable resources to both education and delivery of vaccinations.

If parents are concerned about vaccinations they should consult their doctor.

The fallout from this screening was significant with a local anti-vaccination GP, Dr John Piesse, having his medical licence suspended partly due to his participation during the Q&A session where he suggested ways in which parents could exploit medical exemptions to avoid the No Jab, No Pay/Play penalties for not vaccinating their children.

Event Locations

Here is a list of all the locations AVN will be holding screenings and Q&A sessions.

I've included details of the local councils and local news outlets for anyone who feels inclined to warn them about the upcoming public health disaster.

Like all previous events, AVN will only be releasing details of the venue a few hours before screening.

Ipswich - Sat 21 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Ipswich City Council
Local news: The Ipswich Advertiser
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Ipswich
Special guests: Kent Heckenlively (via Skype) who was very recently denied entry to Australia due to his dangerous views on vaccination.

Toowoomba - Sun 22 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Toowoomba Regional Council
Local news: The Chronicle
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Toowoomba
Special guests:
Polly Tommey (via Skype) who recently had her visa cancelled and given a three year re-entry ban to Australia for posing a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community; and
Jonathan Tommey, Polly's husband.

The Eventbrite page does not name the venue but it does show a map of the location with a marker at The Mills Precinct, Toowoomba. This is not a confirmed venue for the screening.

Thanks to The Chronicle in Toowoomba for publishing article Screening of anti-vaccination film 'could cost kids' lives' (22 Oct 2017)

Screening of anti-vaccination film 'could cost kids' lives'

DOCTORS are warning an anti-vaccination documentary to be screened in Toowoomba today and across regional Queensland could ultimately cost children's lives.

The film Vaxxed, which makes false and disproved links between vaccination and autism, is set to be shown in 11 Queensland towns and cities between October 21 and November 5, including Toowoomba today.

AMA Queensland chair Dr Shaun Rudd said he feared some parents could be duped into believing the film's anti-vaccination message and leave their children vulnerable to potentially deadly diseases such as measles and bacterial meningitis.

"This film's director is a former doctor who was struck off by the UK's General Medical Council for serious professional misconduct during his research into vaccination," Dr Rudd said.

"His claims have been completely and repeatedly refuted by independent research and rejected by doctors around the world.

"But sadly many parents believe the lies peddled by the anti-vaccination movement.

"If they are taken in and refuse to vaccinate their children they are putting them at risk of contracting potentially deadly diseases - and heightening the risk to other children and adults in their community."

The first childhood vaccinations were introduced in Australia in 1932.

Since then diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, Haemophilus influenza type b, poliomyelitis, congenital rubella and newly acquired hepatitis B have been all but wiped out.

However, low vaccination rates in some areas continue to lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough.

"The evidence is in and it is overwhelming," Dr Rudd said.

"Vaccination saves lives and the claims made by anti-vaccination campaigners are totally baseless.

"When it comes to immunisation, Queenslanders should listen to their doctor - not dodgy documentaries."

Roma - Mon 23 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Maranoa Regional Council
Local news: The Western Star
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Roma
Special guests:
Polly Tommey (via Skype) who recently had her visa cancelled and given a three year re-entry ban to Australia for posing a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community;
Jonathan Tommey, Polly's husband;
Dr Stephanie Seneff (via Skype)

The Eventbrite page does not name the venue but it does show a map of the location with a marker at a residential address which Google Maps shows is a business called "Bindaroo Bottle Trees". This is not a confirmed venue, nor is it confirmed that Bindaroo is associated in any way with this screening.

Emerald - Wed 25 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Central Highlands Regional Council
Local news: Central Queensland News
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Emerald
Special guests:
Polly Tommey (via Skype) who recently had her visa cancelled and given a three year re-entry ban to Australia for posing a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community;
Andrew Wakefield, whose threat to public health is already firmly established .

Rockhampton - Thur 26 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Rockhampton Regional Council
Local news: The Morning Bulletin
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Rockhampton
Special guests:
Polly Tommey (via Skype) who recently had her visa cancelled and given a three year re-entry ban to Australia for posing a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community;
Andrew Wakefield, whose threat to public health is already firmly established .

Mackay - Fri 27 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Mackay Regional Council
Local news: Daily Mercury
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Mackay
Special guests:
Polly Tommey (via Skype) who recently had her visa cancelled and given a three year re-entry ban to Australia for posing a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community;
Andrew Wakefield, whose threat to public health is already firmly established .

Bowen - Sat 28 October, 6:30-9:30pm

Local council: Whitsunday Regional Council
Local news: Bowen Independent
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Bowen
Note: as at 22 Oct 2017 the Bowen event no longer appears on Eventbrite.

Townsville - Mon 30 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Townsville City Council
Local news: Townsville Bulletin
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Townsville
Special guest: Kent Heckenlively (via Skype) who was very recently denied entry to Australia due to his dangerous views on vaccination.

Media article: Anti-vax cover-up in Townsville Townsville Bulletin, 27 Oct 2017.
Facebook post about article: Townsville Bulletin 28 Oct 2017 12:00pm

Cairns - Tue 31 October, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Cairns Regional Council
Local news: Cairns Post
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Cairns
Special guest: Dr Stephanie Seneff (via Skype)

Media article: Anti-vax promoters cover up screenings of controversial documentary in Cairns , Cairns Post, 31 Oct 2017

Kuranda - Wed 1 November, 4:00-8:00pm

Local council: Mareeba Shire Council
Local news: Cairns Post
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Kuranda

Mossman - Thur 2 November, 6:30-9:30pm

Local council: Douglas Shire Council
Local news: Newsport
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Mossman
Note: as at 22 Oct 2017 the Mossman event no longer appears on Eventbrite.

Bundaberg - Sun 5 November, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Bundaberg Regional Council
Local news: News Mail
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Bundaberg
Special guest: Dr James Lyons-Weiler

Bundaberg's local newspaper, News Mail, ran an excellent article Anti-vaccine movement to target Bundaberg , 26 Sep 2017.
It totally trashed its own work the very next day by publishing Meryl Dorey's response which contained vaccine misinformation and full promotion of the Vaxxed screening.

News Mail outdid itself in supporting the AVN, publishing Banned anti-vaxers to speak at event (1 Nov 2017).

Maryborough - Mon 6 November, 7:30-10:30pm

Local council: Fraser Coast Regional Council
Local news: Fraser Coast Chronicle
Eventbrite booking: Vaxxed screening + Q&A: Maryborough
Special guest: Kent Heckenlively (via Skype) who was very recently denied entry to Australia due to his dangerous views on vaccination.

Disappointing puff-piece Anti-vaccine film to be screened at secret place in M'boro , Fraser Coast Chronicle, 21 Oct 2017.

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