The Health Australia Party (HAP) has been wrongly accused of being an anti vaccination Party. Some of the accusers are simply being dishonest. Others may confuse the fact that we oppose No Jab No Play/Pay legislation in the State and Federal parliaments with being anti-vacc.
We wish to provide a number of items on this page to put the record straight. Please read carefully if you have a genuine interest in the truth.
This is an important post so please take time to read it fully.
By now most people realize that mainstream news outlets are often little more than corporate advertorial. Sometimes it is cleverly disguised and designed to align with our values but often it serves the interests of corporate profiteering.
Australia is fast becoming a special case because we stand so far outside of what most Western nations consider best practice and lobbyists have been allowed to run amok.
HAP believes in some very simple things. Health policy should reflect global best practice and policy makers should be insulated from lobbyists and vested interests. Media coverage should be truthful and unbiased. International conventions concerning the rights of health consumers, and medical and legal ethics should be respected.
Sadly, in Australia this is far from being the case.
HAP has had to endure many untruths in the mainstream media – lies which feed corporate profits and do nothing for Australian health consumers. By supporting complementary medicine, the Party is simply aligning with the World Health Organization’s well-conceived strategy which sees complementary medicine as a vital component for achieving strong community health outcomes. Clearly pharma lobbyists and their allies feel threatened by this.
As a party of principle HAP has no choice but to shine light on instances where health consumers’ best interests are not being served. The HAP unapologetically opposes the No Jab, No Pay/Play legislation and for this, the HAP has been falsely represented by the media and sceptic groups as an anti-vacc Party. The ‘No Jabs’ legislation which seeks to penalize people who do not follow the Australian vaccination schedule – one of the largest in the world.
The Victorian Government Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (Alert Digest 12 of 2015) notes that the bill (No Jab No Play) does not engage the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 Section 10(C), which results in a breach of free and informed consent.
Does this make the Victorian Government “anti-vacc”? Surprisingly – No.
The HAP clearly supports safe and effective immunisation against potentially serious infectious diseases, and acknowledges that vaccination is the most commonly used method of immunisation in Australia. The HAP is not an anti-vaccination Party.
The Party will continue to fight for the basic tenets of medical ethics such as informed consent and individualised care. The Party will fight for global best practice in health care in all its manifestations.
HAP will continue to stand up to the lobbyists and their media affiliates.
To read the HAP’s full statement on ‘No Jabs’, please click here:
Read about the first published lie of the 2018 Victorian election campaign against the Health Australia Party: