Do not penalise parents by $2,100 for choosing not to vaccinate their children
  • Petitioned Jenny Macklin

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Jenny Macklin
Hon Tanya Plibersek - Minister for Health
The Commonwealth of Australia

Do not penalise parents by $2,100 for choosing not to vaccinate their children

    1. Meryl Dorey
    2. Petition by

      Meryl Dorey

      BANGALOW, Australia

Vaccination is not compulsory for children in Australia. It is still a parent's legal right to choose not to vaccinate or to vaccinate selectively. Therefore, the recent policy announced by Health Minister Nicola Roxon ( to penalise families who have made this choice by withholding over $2,100 in financial entitlements is discriminatory and potentially unconstitutional.

Minister Roxon claims she is concerned about the increase of whooping cough and claims to "... know that immunisation is fundamental to a child's lifelong health."

The fact is that we already have the highest level of childhood vaccination we have ever had in Australia - over 95%. Despite this, we have had an increase of over 10,000% in the incidence of whooping cough!

There are a few questions that this government needs to answer before they even consider bribing parents to vaccinate and withholding funds from those who don't:

1- Why are these vaccines not working? Why have there been no independent studies comparing the health of the fully vaccinated vs the fully unvaccinated?

2- Why has the Australian government refused the AVN's request to enact legislation to ensure that we have mandatory reporting of the vaccination status of those presenting with 'vaccine-preventable' diseases? How can we possibly tell if vaccines are working unless we know how many vaccinated individuals are getting the diseases they are supposedly immune to?

3- Why has the Australian government refused the request of both the AVN and the AMA that we enact legislation making it compulsory to report reporting adverse reactions to all vaccines with independent follow-up of all serious reaction reports?
Our current 'passive' reporting system omits approximately 99% of all reaction reports and has no independent oversight system in place for investigating these events.

Only when this information is available will society start to realise the true efficacy and safety of these vaccines. Trying to penalise parents without full access to this information is not only discriminatory - it is also unscientific.

Please also be aware that according to the government, conscientious and medical exemptions are still available though this information is not being reported on in the media.

Meryl Dorey
Australian Vacciantion Network, Inc.

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      Meryl Dorey
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep forwarding the link to this petition. We need to get to 5,000 and if things keep going at this rate, we can do it in less than 10 days! Please forward to all your friends, family and anyone who has a child aged under 5. We will send a strong message to the government that people do NOT want to be penalised for making what is, after all, a legal decision not to vaccinate or to vaccinate selectively.

      Thanks so much for your help,

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      i am a 20 year old that has been raised homeopathicly i have had a vitamin k when leaving the hospital, other than that i have not had needles, i would say i am an above average in the health department. i have never been admitted to hospital let alone break a bone! Does no one else find it slightly amusing that humans have been on this planet for soooo many years yet disease is getting worse? what is happening to everybodies natural immune system!!?? and the medicine industry has become such a joke, companies competing with each other to palm off drugs to beat there compition, it should be about finding the right and best treatment. i have heard in some contries the dr's dont get paid till the help the patiant, and see some results. whether this is true or not i think its a great idea so the doctors are that much more modivated to help. of course in the greedy world we live in these days it wouldnt work, because alot of doctors became doctors partly to help.. and alot to do with the money. there is no way they would put up with pay cuts. so apologizing for the rant but these are just a few reasons im glad my parents chose not to immunise me with needles and i would like to thank them a million times. so please let other kids live a happy healthy life.

      • over 2 years ago

      My daughter has been sick after every vaccine I felt intuitively it was not needed but had pressure from my family. She will not be vaccinated for the 4 year old shot or any after that. We have worked very hard to heal her immune system and are getting there. I'm tired of our rights being taken away and only part of the story being told. The pharmaceutical companies are getting richer it's all greed. I


      Sunshine Coast

      • over 2 years ago

      I do not believe that the newer vaccines are sufficiently tested prior to release. My daughter has not rece

    • Jennifer Power BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Look at America. The revolution against mandatory vaccination is growing! People are sick (literally) of the lies, the cover-ups, the fear-mongering. Check this out:

    • lucia danek MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Instead of imposing a paternalistic policy, the government should be funding independent research into the 'success' of immunisation and providing the public with the results/ statistics. The public is entitled to this information. Financial coercion by any government reeks of dishonesty and an underlying agenda.


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