United Stand against AVN

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Byline: JESSICA GREWAL news@northernstar.com.au

IN a rare show of unity, every member of NSW Parliament has moved to stop the Bangalow-based Australian Vaccination Network from encouraging parents not to immunise their children against potentially deadly diseases.

From the floor of Parliament House, Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts this week gave notice to the AVN, on behalf of the Lower House, that awe are united in our stance to protect the most vulnerable in our communitya.

His warning followed the undisputed passage of the Health Legislation Amendment Bill, which closed the legal loophole the AVN used to dodge a damaging inquiry sparked by the whooping cough death of a four-week-old baby at Lennox Head.

Under the new changes, the Health Care and Complaints Commission now has the power to initiate its own investigation into health organisations suspected of distributing misleading information.

Lennox-based Liberal MLC Catherine Cusack has called on the HCCC to relaunch its investigation into the company that she believes is influencing the regionas critically low immunisation rates.

The Department of Fair Trading is preparing to go head to head with the AVN in court after an ongoing battle over the organisationas name escalated. …