The AVN’s announcement: Meryl gives her Crayons to Greg

Meryl Dorey

Meryl Dorey

Meryl Dorey has resigned as president of the AVN.

Her replacement is the splendidly eccentric Greg Beattie.

Here is the AVN’s announcement of the news:

Greg Beattie, long-time vaccine researcher and author of two books, the latest of
which guides readers through an in-depth analysis of the benefits of vaccination
with a focus on Australia, has stepped in to fill the role of President of the
Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. (AVN). This position was recently vacated by
Meryl Dorey, who resigned effective January 1, 2013.

Ms Dorey is a founding member of the national health watchdog and support group,
established almost 19 years ago in 1994. The AVN has over 2,000 members both within
Australia and internationally and has been active in both supporting the right to
free and informed health choice and opposing medical discrimination.

“There are several very important projects which have been neglected due to the
pressures of running this organisation”, said Ms Dorey. “A sabbatical will enable
me to do this work while knowing that the AVN is in the best of hands with Greg
Beattie and our Management Committee in charge.”

Mr Beattie is the father of 7 children and first rose to prominence during his appeal
against the Maroochy Shire Council whose discriminatory policy excluded his healthy
unvaccinated children from council-run childcare centres.

His account of that process, including an in-depth analysis of Australian Government
data demonstrating that vaccination had little to do with the decline in deaths
from infectious diseases over the last century, quickly became the ‘go-to’ book
on this issue. Called, Vaccination: A Parent’s Dilemma, it was Greg’s first publication
on the subject. His second volume, Fooling Ourselves on the Fundamental Value of
Vaccines, expands on and updates earlier research, again using Australian data
on mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases.

“The future for this organisation is very exciting”, Ms Dorey continued. “Strong-arm
tactics by the Australian Government and medical community have virtually guaranteed
that more and more parents will be asking questions about the safety and effectiveness
of vaccination. The demand for our services has never been greater and with the
help of our new President, we will continue to provide both information and support
to Australian families into the foreseeable future.

For interviews or further information, please contact:

Greg Beattie – 0400 045 504

I’ll write more later, but this is awesome news. Thanks, Meryl!


  1. Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:28 | Permalink

    Greggles’s second volume “Fooling Ourselves” was tipped to win a special Man Booker Prize for “most appropriate title ever” until Greggles added the subtitle.

  2. Andy
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 13:21 | Permalink

    I wonder if the barely-ever-delivered magazine rates as a “very important project”, yet.

    Does anyone know Greg’s qualifications? Does he have anything better than a year 10 science education? I thought I’d seen him described as a statistician somewhere.

  3. Posted January 11, 2013 at 13:32 | Permalink

    If Greggles is a statistician, I’m the goddamn batman*.

    * I’m not batman

  4. Posted January 11, 2013 at 13:41 | Permalink

    Here’s a post on the subject of Greg’s failure at numbers. It’s not about my secret identity

    (forgot to include it because I was carried away by lunch)

  5. irene
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 13:42 | Permalink

    The AVN is a disgusting and dishonest organisation which aims to discourage people – under false pretenses – from immunising themselves and their children, with consequent and avoidable suffering, death, and drain of the health budget.

    Like their ridiculous name which is steeped in deception (and soon to be changed due to legal requirements), the people running the AVN are not qualified on any level to spout the “research” and the “facts” that are contained within their propaganda.

  6. Posted January 11, 2013 at 23:53 | Permalink

    “The future for this organisation is very exciting”

    I agree :D

  7. Andy
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 13:33 | Permalink

    Jason’s https link gives me an “untrusted connection” warning. Try this one if you’re having the same problem.

  8. Illyria
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 15:13 | Permalink

    The AVN forgot to mention that Greg Beattie was unsuccesful in his action against the council. Seems a bit of an oversight to me.

  9. Mark
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 22:20 | Permalink

    2000 members? I had more people than that at my 40th.

  10. Andy
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 01:24 | Permalink

    And my question has been answered. Not only is the magazine not an important project, it’s not even a magazine any more. Gone!

  11. Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:43 | Permalink

    Hello Angus. I’ve enjoyed your guitar playing ever since I caught you and your family at that gig at Chequers back in the day. And who could forget that truck ride through Melbourne?

    But I digress …

    Why have you adopted the persona of Mr William P O’Neill, a well-known cancer quack from Canada? Are you planning to swap the school uniform for scrubs, and if you do will the audience understand?

    I understand how you might like the idea of me singing “Jailbreak” as I run from the law after my criminal acts, but in reality I have never been convicted of any criminal offence. You shouldn’t listen to Mr O’Neill when he talks about this because he seems to think I’m an Aborigine, but I’ve never been one so I can’t even go “Back In Black” to help his delusion.

    As for the rape thing, I’ve never even said as much as “Let Me Put My Love Into You” to a lady or tried to impress them by talking about “Big Balls”. I’m always polite and keep a “Stiff Upper Lip” even when my attempts at “Love At First Feel” are rejected. I’m not one for “Breaking The Rules”.

    While it is tempting to “Inject The Venom” and respond to Ms Dorey’s “Meltdown” by saying “Goodbye and Good Riddance To Bad Luck” I would have liked to be a “Fly On The Wall” at the meeting when Greg was told “This House Is On Fire” and she was not going to “Stick Around”.

    Stick to playing the guitar, Angus, and leave the anonymous gutless lying to people like Mr O’Neill.

    Let’s stop “Beating Around The Bush” here. When the “Landslide” of government action rolls over the AVN and they are “Kicked In The Teeth” “There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’” around here. I might even have a “Whiskey On The Rocks” to celebrate.

  12. Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:51 | Permalink

    Anyone confused by what I just wrote? I’m not surprised.

    It was a response to Mr William P O’Neill of the Canadian Cancer Research Group doing his usual gutless anonymous thing, this time calling himself “Angus Young”. The item was deleted by Dave at the request of other people Mr O’Neill had defamed, but I didn’t know this before I pressed “Send”.

  13. Posted January 14, 2013 at 13:43 | Permalink

    I did like the bit where ‘Angus’ criticised others for not proofreading their ‘writtings’.

  14. Spincter Bowditch
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 13:47 | Permalink

    Oh mister bowditch you do make us blush! “let me put my love into you” no of course you haven’t. But you did utter threats of death, sexual assault and mutilation. But that’s the law down under, isn’t it. I understand in Australia that’s considered part of foreplay. Right-o then! You are a righteous non-criminal convict because aggravated assault in Australian is consider all part of working a woman. So now that we understand each other better your stalking and threats of Ms Dorey is just your way of saying you find her really hot. And the fact that you’ve so viciously and repeatedly beaten the shit outta of your good wife so often that she can’t even count fucking change and it qualifies her for a disability pension is just plain old fashioned love. Thanks for clearing thinks up for us…love can be so many different things to dfferent people. Good luck on the 15th you recidivistic piece of fetid shit…by the way how’s Bea….you wouldn’t know anymore would you ’cause she won’t fucking talk to you.

  15. Posted January 14, 2013 at 14:00 | Permalink

    Dear Mr O’Neill,

    Please can you restrict yourself to defaming only one person per comment? I’m keen to balance your free expression with my friends’ rights, you see, and you’re proving to be an administrative nightmare.

  16. Posted January 14, 2013 at 14:05 | Permalink

    Hello again, Mr O’Neill. Not calling yourself Angus any more? Oh, that’s right – part of your gutlessness is using a different pretend name every time you post.

    I don’t need any luck on the 15th because it’s only a mention to set a hearing date. In the words of the Court Registrar: “your appearance on 15 January, 2013 is excused and the matter will be listed for hearing on a date to be advised”.

    Are you planning to come to court? You have promised this many times and I even bought a roll of large garbage bags to save you the problem of finding a Coles supermarket when you get here from Canada. I know you would want to retain your anonymity, and black plastic bags seem the right way to go.

    Bea is using the computer in the next room and says “Hi”.

  17. Caroline Shipley
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 11:58 | Permalink

    Angus/Bill/Spincter –
    If you are going to insult Mr Bowditch, perhaps you can check your own spelling.

    And check the location of your anal sphincter yourself buddy – that’s a lot of diarrhoea you’ve just released there.

  18. Phlacon. Martinique
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 19:07 | Permalink

    Why is it or how is it that when any of “you people” open your mouths, you sound like the product of the largest restricted gene pool in the world……..could be because you are.

    Oh yea….and by the way Dave the Happy Singer….what the fuck is that about Dave the Happy Singer….very catchy….must of cost a mint…..the trademark, branding, copyright people…… C

  19. Phlacon Martinique
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 19:12 | Permalink

    I,m sorry I missed victim….Caroline Shipley. Could you post a photo or link. I can tell by the way write, not only are you really really smart….but that you hot too! Right?

  20. Posted December 15, 2013 at 04:38 | Permalink

    It’s hard to find well-informed people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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