The New South Wales Governments decision to ban greyhound racing into the future, has created a belief that the NSW premier made his decision despite being well aware of the implications to innocent peoples livelihoods, and the knowledge of the individuals involved in the negative aspects of this industry.
But pressed on the matter recently, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would not comment because he advised "he does not comment on State matters". Well it didn't take him long to stick the boots into South Australian Premier Jay Weatherall, citing renewable energy as the reason there was a power blackout in his State, despite 160kmh winds, two tornados, 26 transmission towers blown over, rain and flooding.
Nothing like ignoring the bleeding obvious in his home State, then charging into something effecting people in distress to make a political point, without so much as considering the circumstances. Maybe he should advise us just which State matters he does not comment on in the future.
Ken Price, Eaglehawk
Tony Goodfellow, re your letter in the Bendigo Advertiser, October 1, attacking David Thrussell of Castlemaine Film Festival, (CLIFF) for standing up for the rights of citizens to be able to view the documentary “Vaxxed, from cover up to controversy”. You tell us that the most ‘credible voices for health’ state that playing the film was a public health disaster, and you quoted Castlemaine has having a low rate of vaccination of two year old, as if the film was to blame.
Not sure how the film affected this rate of vaccination to date as I doubt if any members of the Castlemaine general public have seen the movie. Film Festival board members were so harassed, threatened and intimidated by bullies, large and small, that they had no choice but to withdraw the film. When a second group tried to show the movie outside the festival, bullying began again to the extent that there were fears for public safety and the film was cancelled for a second time. Mr Thrussell stood up for the rights of adults to see a documentary which he and others choosing films for the festival had viewed and thought worthwhile.
This film has been showing in many US cities with a strong following. It’s strange that so many, media, politicians, medicos, are critical of the documentary without seeing it. In contrast, the documentary appears to have been life changing for some of the paediatricians, doctors, nurses and politicians who have been interviewed after going to see the documentary in the USA. Andrew Wakefield by the way is a UK gastroenterologist who was viciously attacked for daring to find a connection between a certain vaccine and gut and brain inflammation in autistic children. The documentary is about fraud in the leading American health organisation, the CDC, where a scientist still working there has come forward and revealed that CDC data finding an autism surge in African American boys after MMR vaccine, was deleted and hidden from the general public. Hence, a decade later, many more children, not just African American, have become autistic after the vaccine. Rising autism numbers are not really a mystery.
I have read that authorities state the vaccination rates are lower in higher educated areas. Perhaps being educated, these parents read the readily available research, and they make choices out of their newly acquired knowledge of the risk of vaccines. One more thing - an anti vaxxer is often a former pro vaxxer who has begun researching vaccination risks. Many anti vaxxers are pro health, pro choice, pro better testing or vaccines, pro honest scientific research, pro selective and thoughtful vaccination under some circumstances. Life can get very difficult for anti vaxxer with serious pressure from government, medical establishments, and pro vaxxer family and peers, to conform to the very heavy under researched Australian vaccine schedule.