Aust Sex Party gives a serve to anti-vaxers

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The Australian Sex Party has told the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network what it thinks of anti-vaxers, in no uncertain terms.

The following is what it has published on its website.

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ASXP responds to vaccination skeptics

The Australian Sex Party was contacted by notorious anti-vaccination campaigner and science-denier Meryl Dorey, asking for our position on “both No Jab, No Pay/No Play legislation and the right of Australian citizens to make free and informed health choices for their families without financial penalty or discrimination.” Here is our response:

Dear Ms Dorey,

I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Australian Sex Party, to your request for information on our position on vaccination issues. I’d like to request that my response be published in full, and unedited, on both your website and social media. Please do share it widely.

The Australian Sex Party believes in individual liberty, and the freedom to make choices regarding your own life. With this freedom, however, comes responsibility. As members of our community, and beneficiaries of the privileges provided by the community, we have an obligation to ensure that exercising our freedom does not put others at undue risk.

No Jab, No Pay. The Federal Government’s No Jab, No Pay measures aim to reduce the spread of preventable disease. Knowingly and willingly putting one’s own child and others at risk of dangerous and preventable diseases is irresponsible, reckless, and antisocial. The Australian Sex Party does not believe that those who choose not to participate in our collective enterprise of disease prevention should be rewarded with tax benefits or rebates. In Australia, parents are not forced to vaccinate their children. Those who contribute to the broader community’s health by vaccinating their children (or have genuine medical exemptions), receive a contribution from the community in the form of the FTB-A end-of-year supplement, Child Care Benefit, and Child Care Rebate payments. The Australian Sex Party supports this public health measure.

No Jab, No Play. Victoria’s No Jab, No Play laws were introduced to protect public health. The Australian Sex Party believes that if a parent wishes to use our community’s early childhood education and care services, they should be expected to play their part in protecting the community from preventable diseases. Those who choose to endanger the health of others by not vaccinating their children should not be welcome to do so in an early childhood care setting.

The right of Australian citizens to make free and informed health choices for their families without financial penalty or discrimination. The Australian Sex Party supports the right of Australian citizens (and others) to make free and informed health choices for their families. The Party does not, however, believe that going against the best scientific information available, represents an informed health choice. The anti-vaccination movement encourages parents to “do your own research”, however doing “research” by reading web-pages is not comparable to actual research done by scientists who work hard to protect us all from dangerous and debilitating disease. The Australian Sex Party rejects the insinuation that expecting all parents to participate in preventing diseases is a form of discrimination.

The safety and efficacy of vaccination is not an area of scientific controversy. The claim that governments and scientists are all conspiring to mislead us for some nefarious purpose is absurd and irresponsible. The dangers of complications from vaccines are much lower than the dangers posed by childhood diseases such as measles. The claims of the anti-vaccination movement have been thoroughly debunked. Choosing not to vaccinate your children amounts to medical neglect; this is a serious ethical issue. Whilst it can be tempting to imagine that we parents have access to some special kind of knowledge that somehow eludes the scientific community, it’s just not so. We at the Australian Sex Party would like to encourage parents who are questioning what’s right for their children, to follow the advice of the scientific and medical communities, rather than charlatans and conspiracy theorists.

Regards,

Darren Austin
Senior Policy Advisor
Australian Sex Party
sexparty.org.au

6 thoughts on “Aust Sex Party gives a serve to anti-vaxers”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. They’ll be well up in my preferences on 2nd July. Now back to the task of deciding whether the Liberal Party or Labor Party will come last on the list…

  2. Excellent letter ASXP- well argued and well expressed and refreshingly free from ‘weasel-words’ and equivocation!

  3. Same old tired argument: that the science is settled.

    However, useful to know that the Australian Sex Party does not believe that parents have the right to decide if their child should be risked as collateral damage in a field that has already incurred billions of dollars in damage payments.

    Tell me, are you skeptics here skeptical of ANYTHING other than of those who are genuinely skeptical?

  4. Hi Bernie,

    Yes, we’re sceptical of a vast number of things: homeopathy, naturopathy, iridology, magnet therapy, psychics, reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic, astrology, fortune telling, UFOs, crop circles, Feng Shui, faith healing, water divining, reflexology – I could go on ad nauseum. We are skeptical, in general, of any practice or belief which is not supported by evidence which has been thoroughly and impartially tested.

    I’m all ears: what high-quality evidence do you have that vaccinations are ineffective and/or dangerous?

    1. The US alone has paid out over 3 billion dollars for vaccine damage. That sort of could be considered evidence. Or how about that CDC whistleblower admitting that evidence of vaccine damage was buried. But, clearly you trust what the government tells you.

      So did you switch to margarine when that cholesterol nonsense was in vogue?

      1. Hi Bernie,

        What the US government pays is not scientific evidence for anything. It’s more likely to be evidence of political and/or legal exigencies. Whistleblowing is also not evidence of the lack of efficacy of vaccinations. I think that you and I have quite different understandings of the nature of evidence.

        As to margarine, actually, no. I prefer the taste of butter.

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