12 December 2017
To Lord Mayor Clover Moore and University of Wollongong (UOW) academics
Re The Censoring of an Academic Presentation on Vaccination from the City of Sydney events page on 20 November 2017
Dear Lord Mayor Clover Moore,
I would like to say how disappointed I was that you attempted to censor the event where I was presenting my academic research. Our event was titled “Let’s talk about Vaccination” (20 November 2017 in Sydney). Your comments amount to the removal of freedom of speech in a democratic country. This issue is about the risks of a medical intervention for healthy people not “anti-vaccination”.
In the media article (NewDaily 19.11.17) that attempted to censor this event I note that Rachael Dunlop is quoted. Are you aware that she has been the vice-president of the NSW committee of the Australian Skeptics lobby group and also a member of the Friends of Science in Medicine (FoSM) lobby group. The Australian Skeptics and FoSM are lobby groups with links to corporations.
Rachael Dunlop has no publications in the history of infectious diseases or vaccination science or politics and she runs a blog (like many other Skeptic subscribers/members) that uses abuse and ridicule to present her arguments. It is titled “The Skeptics Book of Pooh Pooh”. In 2009 she defaced a poster that I presented to health professionals at the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Conference in Perth with false information and published it on her Skeptics blog. Please see the original poster and the defaced poster attached.
Our event on 20 November was describing the worldwide concerns about vaccine safety that are being debated in many countries (but not Australia) because our media is quoting people who are not qualified to speak on this health issue. A $5.5 million “education “campaign on immunisation by the Australian government amounts to a propaganda campaign if you censor the medical literature on the risks of vaccination as “anti-vaccination”.
My academic research is presenting the scientific arguments and evidence for the risks of this medical intervention and all the risks and benefits must be scrutinised by the public – the main stakeholder in this policy – before they are enforced upon us.
Please take the time to read my newsletter 184 that describes how freedom of speech in Australia is being lost because of the influence of powerful corporate lobby groups in our media and institutions. The Australian public is very concerned about the discrimination in social welfare policies that is now dividing families with coercive medication and causing significant anxiety in the community. We are also concerned about the loss of freedom of speech in Australia.
Judy Wilyman PhD
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