School duped into allowing anti-vaccination film screening

Published: 27 July 2017

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A Gold Coast school has been tricked into allowing its hall to be used for the screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, was shown at Miami State High School on Tuesday night. It is understood almost 500 anti-vaxxers attended.

She added that there had been “some misrepresentation to the school in question”, considering the film was shown despite the Queensland State Government’s strong stance in favour of vaccinations.

“They (anti-vaxxers) conveyed to the principal that it was to be conveying information about organic produce,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

She went on to reiterate that the State Government is “incredibly strong” about the importance of people being vaccinated, in particular, children.

Education Minister Kate Jones also slammed the group, calling them “liars”.

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“They lied on the (venue hire) form, they lied to the school and they lied to the community,” she said.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls even joined forces against the sneaky move which is now under investigation.

Gold Coast public health physician Paul Van Buynder aired his concerns that the film confuses parents into thinking they are harming their child by getting them vaccinated.

"There are 25 per cent of parents who are unsure, because of all the noise about vaccines about whether they should (vaccinate)," he told ABC News.

"I think the danger of this is not for the 1.3 per cent of Australian's who are conscientious objectors."