Website editor’s note: The No Jab No Pay legislation passed into Australian law.  You can read about this law at this link of our site.

The information below has been excerpted from the April 10 email newsletter produced by The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, an organisation that supports parents’ rights to make decisions about their children’s vaccinations without compulsion or coercion.

This organisation is mounting a legal challenge to the No Jab No Pay legislation and is asking for people who support freedom of choice to pledge money to help pay for this inititiative. (If you would like to donate money, you can click HERE to be directed to the appropriate place on the AVN’s website.)

You can read more about the legal challenge below.

No Jab No Pay Legal Challenge Update April 2016

In the interests of keeping our supporters and members informed about the progress of this court case, the AVN Committee will be sending out regular updates.

Please be aware that due to the risk of prejudicing any outcome
from this case, the information we can provide will, of necessity, be quite general.

To recap last week’s communication, we received a preliminary opinion from a barrister. Based on this advice, we are confident that we have a good chance of proceeding with our case in the High Court of Australia. Therefore, we are going to proceed with litigation.

Litigation of this type against the government is complex and will involve many hundreds of hours of work. There is a lot of preparatory and strategic work yet to be done before court papers can be filed.

This is why our appeal for sponsorship is vital to the success of this important case. The AVN feels strongly that not fighting against this discriminatory legislation is tantamount to giving the government carte blanche for further repressive and unconstitutional legislation.

If you are able to provide any financial support for this effort – no matter how small – we urge you to do so today. Regardless of whether you can or cannot help at the present time, we ask you to forward this message to everyone you can think of on your list of friends, family and social networking contacts. When it comes to actions such as this, there is definitely strength in numbers!
There have been many questions about this case. Some, we are able to answer – some we cannot (just yet). We will list them below:

1-   What is the name of the firm of solicitors who will be going forward in this case?

At this point in time, a firm of solicitors has not yet been engaged though several firms are being interviewed and it is expected that a choice will be made sometime next week.

2-   Has counsel has been engaged in this case?

No. Solicitors will be engaged first and after that, the rest of the team will be assembled including barristers and a QC.

3-   What sections of the constitution will be relied upon to make this case?

No questions regarding the strategy of the up-coming court case will be answered at this time. It is essential for the success of this case that information of this sort should remain completely confidential until such a time as it will be expedient to release it. Rest assured that as soon as that time comes, this information will be made public.

4-   How much needs to be raised in order to complete this trial?

How long is a piece of string? We are not aware of how much will be required in the end. But the best estimate we have been able to come up with in discussions with various law firms is a minimum of $500,000 though this might be considered a conservative estimate. Keep in mind that the government, using our tax dollars, has nearly bottomless pockets. We, however, have the truth and your support on our side. That combination is nearly unbeatable! We need you to give what you can and to share this with others who also support the inalienable human right to make individual health choices, and ask them to do the same with their contacts.

5-   How long does the AVN expect this case to take?

Like the funds required, the amount of time for this case is a matter of conjecture. We have heard estimates of 2 to 3 years, but that is just an estimate and may be wildly inaccurate. Whatever the case may be, it will not be a quick process so there are others in the pro-choice community who are currently working on other tactics to help those who are being affected by No Jab No Pay to take their own individual actions to hopefully keep their payments. We will aim to keep you informed of these actions as we are made aware of them. If you are one of those involved in a separate action, please be sure to contact us so we can help spread the details to families in our community.

We understand that there will be other questions and we will do our best to answer them as time goes on. The AVN has a 22-year history of honest, hard work in support of free and informed choices.

Our team of volunteer activists have given of their time, their money and their knowledge to help those in the community who have been adversely affected by government vaccination policies.

We prevailed upon Parliament in the late 1990s to introduce a Conscientious Objector clause to federal legislation. This clause guaranteed that no parent would be financially disadvantaged because they had made a legal decision regarding the vaccination of their children.

We succeeded then, and we will succeed again – with your help.

Kind regards,
The Australian Vaccination Network
National Committee

Ed note:  The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine features article about various aspects of children’s health, including vaccination, as well as nutrition, protection from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) etc  If you are interested in children’s health you may enjoy some of the articles at our online archive at this link: http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/category/childrens-health-and-development/

If you have a specific interest in the vaccination issue, you can click HERE to access our online archive of articles on vaccination.

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