It has come to our attention that a defamatory petition about Robert F. Kennedy Jr (RFK Jr), signed by only four people, has been tabled in the federal parliament, and received acknowledgement by the Minister for Immigration, the Hon. David Coleman.
The petition, which closed for signatures on 24 August 2019, states:
In July, Robert F Kennedy jr, AntiVax advocate is planning on visiting Australia and holding a public seminar on July 5 in Brisbane. We hereby ask the honourable parliament of Australia to deny Mr Kennedy jr’s access to Australia, to promote this public health attack on vaccines and vaccinations. It is clear that Australia is at the forefront in the world regarding healthcare and disease prevention. The access for Mr Kennedy jr to spread an unscientific message that is Anti-Vaccine, not only flies in the face of current vaccine and medical science, but is promoting a concept that will potentially:
• cause more people to stop vaccinating
• cause more public health expenditure on outbreaks (such as the current USA Measles outbreak)
• diminish Australia’s goals for herd immunity
• bring back previously eradicated diseases in Australia.
We therefore ask the House to block access for Mr Robert F. Kennedy jr from entering Australia to spread fake news and pseudoscience.
The Minister for Immigration’s response, which was read out in parliament by the Chair of Standing Committee on Petitions, Mr Llew O’Brien MP on 02 December 2019, states:… [Read More]