Updated July 26, 2017 15:31:07
A Gold Coast principal was hoodwinked into hiring out his school hall for a screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
The film, Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, was shown at Miami State High School on Tuesday night, despite the State Government’s strong stance in supporting vaccinations.
“My preliminary advice is that there has been some misrepresentation to the school in question,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“They conveyed to the principal that it was to be conveying information about organic produce.”
Earlier this month Health Minister Cameron Dick urged residents to boycott the film that has caused controversy by linking a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism.
“We are incredibly strong about the need for people to be vaccinated, especially children,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I don’t think they were very clear in their purpose and I don’t think they should have been allowed to present in such a manner.”
The incident is being investigated and the Premier is waiting for a full briefing.
Gold Coast public health physician Paul Van Buynder said he was aware the film was going to be shown, but the location was kept secret until ticket buyers received a text message with the location late Tuesday afternoon.
“We weren’t aware that they were coming to a high school and we’re incredibly disappointed, as I’m sure the Minister will be, after all of the work that he’s put in to improve vaccinations in Queensland.”
The health chief said the film confuses parents.
“It’s very easy to frighten a parent and no parent wants to do harm to their child,” Dr Van Buynder said.
“There are 25 per cent of parents who are unsure, because of all the noise about vaccines about whether they should [vaccinate].
“I think the danger of this is not for the 1.3 per cent of Australian’s who are conscientious objectors.”
Topics:health, vaccines-and-immunity, state-parliament, qld, miami-4220
First posted July 26, 2017 13:25:23
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