Your rights under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act

A must read for those in Australia looking for some way to fight back against the tyrannical vaccination legislation in Australia!

Tyrannical Times

I recently obtained a free legal opinion about the prospects for parents making complaints of discrimination under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), for the denial of benefits under the No Jab No Pay law, and/or the denial or cancellation of childcare enrolment under Victorian and Queensland No Jab No Play laws.

There is both good and bad news on this front.

The Good News – No Jab No Play Victoria and Queensland

According to the legal opinion, there are sufficient grounds for parents to make complaints against childcare services, with the possibility of obtaining compensation, for the denial or cancellation of enrolment of unvaccinated children under the state-based No Jab No Play laws, but no guarantees a complaint will be successful.  This is because there is very little case law to inform or predict how various sections of the DDA will be interpreted in the context of discrimination against unvaccinated children.

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Silence greets rights breaches

Fremantle Herald Interactive

THE Turnbull government’s punitive approach to enforcing mandatory vaccinations breaches children’s rights, but the Human Rights Commission remains silent on the issue.

Human rights expert Paula Gerber, a professor at Monash University, told the Herald this week it was clear the withholding of financial entitlements from parents who refuse to inoculate their children breaches numerous articles of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child.

She stresses she supports vaccination and jabbed her own kids, but says children should not be used as a “weapon” to force parents to toe the line and Australia should abide by treaties it signs.

The convention states children must not be punished for the beliefs or actions of their parents, and that governments should go out of their way to ensure children fully benefit from social security. It says children should have a say in any administrative decisions that affect them and…

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Public Health and the Necessary Limits of Advocacy, Kevin Dew

At last another voice of reason, hopefully more step forward soon…

Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

Author Information: Kevin Dew, Victoria University of Wellington,

Dew, Kevin. “Public Health and the Necessary Limits of Advocacy.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 5, no. 7 (2016): 26-29.

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Whilst I was an academic member of a department of public health I gained a great deal of respect for my colleagues. For most of them there was a strong sense of social justice underlying their work and a commitment to improving the health of the population. Brian Martin makes a compelling argument decrying the poor scholarship and argumentation offered by two Australian public health academics who have misrepresented the work of one of…

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