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Tue 08 Jun 10 | To: Child Wise | B.McMenamin quote in SMH article re mandatory internet filtering

Posted by bradfieldresident on 8 June 2010

From: Bradfield Resident
Date: Tuesday 08 June 2010 04:47 (+10)
Subject: B.McMenamin quote in SMH article re mandatory internet filtering
To: Child Wise – Office

Child Wise,

I refer to an article published on the Sydney Morning Herald website:

Filter goes ahead regardless
May 30, 2010

The article contains the following paragraph:

But Bernadette McMenamin of the child protection group Child Wise said it was 100 per cent behind filtering illegal material. ”Sites are going to be blocked that should be blocked, and it’s absolutely essential every parent is taught about the dangers of the internet.”

Is this an accurate quote and representation of Child Wise’s position?

I note the specification of filtering ‘illegal material’; is that detail part of Child Wise’s particular position, or has it been supposed by SMH? I am inferring from the “Sites are going to be blocked” statement that Child Wise supports the filter being implemented, without restricting it to child abuse material.

I am also concerned by the quote from Ms McMenamin on three separate issues:

1. “Sites are going to be blocked” – from a technical standpoint this is known to be false and any blacklist can only ever be behind in listing any sites that could/’should’ be on the list

2. “should be blocked” – the current definition of “should be blocked”, that is, content that is or would be refused classification, is far broader than many people believe is appropriate; is not well defined (insofar as refused classification is not well defined); is certainly in excess of any child abuse prevention objectives of Child Wise or any other child protection agency; and is subject to arbitrary expansion by this or future governments and possibly even by non-representative groups and organisations.

3. I agree that “every parent is taught about the dangers of the internet”; it is my belief, and a belief held by many, that the implementation mandatory internet filter would likely lead to an actual reduction in the vigilance of parents in both monitoring and educating their children on using the internet, including by parents viewing the need to do so as less important therefore avoiding the necessary (parental) education.

I hope that Ms McMenamin (and Child Wise) are aware of these issues. If you could explain Child Wise’s position, making specific reference to these and any other publicly debated objectioned points to the mandatory filter that you choose to as additional detail, that would be of great interest to me and I imagine also beneficial to Child Wise’s public support for the filter.

Bradfield Resident

Tuesday 08 June 2010

Bradfield Resident

  • Posted in Cyber Safety Plan, Mail Sent, Sydney Morning Herald | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

    Wed 10 Mar 10 | To: Senator Stephen Conroy – Minister for BCDE | Cyber Safety Plan

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 10 March 2010

    [Note: instances of “BDCE” are mistakes, and should be “BCDE” for “Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy”]

    From: […]
    Date: Wednesday 10 March 2010 00:30 (+11)
    Subject: Cyber Safety Plan
    To: Senator Stephen Conroy – Minister for BCDE
    Cc: Tony Smith MP – Shadow Minister for BDCE, Paul Fletcher MP – Member for Bradfield, Senator Scott Ludlam – Australian Greens spokesperson for BDCE

    Senator Conroy,

    from some time before 11:30pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 09 March 2010 I have been trying to access the “cybersafetyplan” page on the DBCDE website, but, as my browser informs me, “The server at is taking too long to respond.”

    How often is this website unavailable? Does the department maintain statistics on availability?

    If the content allegedly provided at is available in document form (printed or electronic), please have someone in your department forward a copy to me.

    I am also interested to know, since it seems the vast majority of people I have spoken to, or hear or read about in the news, object to a mandatory internet filter, who exactly, aside from your department, are actually in favour of and support it. Indeed, given the severe technical limitations of the proposed filter, I would like to know who proposed and drafted it in the first place.

    I am deeply concerned that the filter, if it is implemented, will use a secret list of web sites, and especially that it could be the case that sites or pages that end up on the list – for whatever reason, legitimate or not – might not have any option to be removed from the list, or even be confirmed as to whether on the list or not. As the minister I am sure you are aware that such a system is obviously and easily open to abuse (either now or in the future) by design, not specifically by the good intentions (or not) of any particular people involved. If you or your department have done a thorough analysis of this risk and its implications, and subsequently found that this risk can, to a very high degree of certainty, be removed, please enlighten me with the department’s answer to this dire threat to freedom and democracy. Without a detailed guarantee of transparency and/or protection (by methodology, not just a promise) from these potential abuses, I cannot believe that the proposed filter is anything other than a tool for censorship; the thin end of the wedge, being hardware, software and processes installed at ISPs, as well as legislation, subject to feature creep, if you will, including unreasonable surveillance and spying on ordinary citizens, as well as reducing the possibilities for free and equitable access to communication (in this case via the medium of the internet).

    As a final note, about one hour since finding the DBCDE website unavailable, I find this still to be the case. A federal government department’s website should not be unavailable for this long without a serious excuse in the order of serious internet backbone failure or sustained denial of service attack. It does, however, serve to illustrate that the government would do better trying to improve access to content instead of actively trying to do the opposite.



    Email: [email]

    Posted in Cyber Safety Plan, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Federal Legislation, Federal MPs, Internet, Mail Sent | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Fri 06 Nov 09 | To: The Department of Health and Ageing | Private health insurance – legislation

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 6 November 2009

    [This message was posted via the Contact the Department feedback form on the Department of Health and Ageing website]

    091106 - Private health insurance - legislation

    Department of Health and Ageing screenshot

    From: Bradfield Resident
    Date: Friday 6 November 2009 16:06 (+11)  (approx)
    To: The Department of Health and Ageing
    Via: Contact the Department feedback form

    The “Private health insurance – legislation” page

    holds a notice, “This page is currently being updated.”

    When was that notice posted, and when will the page actually be updated? The page also shows “Page last modified: 03 June, 2008”.

    Posted in Department of Health & Ageing, Federal Legislation, Mail Sent, Private Health | Leave a Comment »

    Fri 04 Sep | To: Members of Federal Parliament | Do Not Introduce Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination AFHA Petition

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 4 September 2009

    [This is a copy of the email sent for the Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination (Federal Parliament) petition on the Health Petitions Australia website, copied from a Member’s response.]

    From: [name, email]
    Sent: Friday, 4 September 2009 10:49 AM
    To: Abbott, Tony (MP); Adams, Dick (MP); Albanese, Anthony (MP); Andrews, Kevin (MP); Bailey, Fran (MP); Baldwin, Bob (MP); Bevis, Arch (MP); Bidgood, James (MP); Billson, Bruce (MP); Bird, Sharon (MP); Bishop, Bronwyn (MP); Bishop, Julie (MP); Bowen, Chris (MP); Bradbury, David (MP); Briggs, Jamie (MP); Broadbent, Russell (MP); Burke, Anna (MP); Burke, Tony (MP); Butler, Mark (MP); Byrne, Anthony (MP); Campbell, Jodie (MP); Champion, Nick (MP); Cheeseman, Darren (MP); Chester, Darren (MP); Ciobo, Steven (MP); Clare, Jason (MP); Cobb, John (MP); Collins, Julie (MP); Combet, Greg (MP); Higgins Electorate (P. Costello, MP); Coulton, Mark (MP); Crean, Simon (MP); Danby, Michael (MP); D’Ath, Yvette (MP); Debus, Bob (MP); Dreyfus, Mark (MP); Dutton, Peter (MP); Elliot, Justine (MP); Ellis, Annette (MP); Ellis, Kate (MP); Emerson, Craig (MP); Farmer, Pat (MP); Ferguson, Laurie (MP); Ferguson, Martin (MP); Fitzgibbon, Joel (MP); Forrest, John (MP); Garrett, Peter (MP); Gash, Joanna (MP); Georganas, Steve (MP); George, Jennie (MP); Georgiou, Petro (MP); Gibbons, Steve (MP); Gillard, Julia (MP); Gray, Gary (MP); Grierson, Sharon (MP); Griffin, Alan (MP); Haase, Barry (MP); Hale, Damian (MP); Hall, Jill (MP); Hartsuyker, Luke (MP); Hawke, Alex (MP); Hawker, David (MP); Hayes, Chris (MP); Hockey, Joe (MP); Hull, Kay (MP); Hunt, Greg (MP); Irons, Steve (MP); Irwin, Julia (MP); Jackson, Sharryn (MP); Jenkins, Harry (MP); Jensen, Dennis (MP);;; Katter, Robert (MP); Keenan, Michael (MP); Kelly, Mike (MP); Kerr, Duncan (MP); King, Catherine (MP); Laming, Andrew (MP); Ley, Sussan (MP); Lindsay, Peter (MP); Livermore, Kirsten (MP); Macfarlane, Ian (MP); Macklin, Jennifer (MP); Marino, Nola (MP); Markus, Louise (MP); Marles, Richard (MP); May, Margaret (MP); McClelland, Robert (MP); McKew, Maxine (MP); McMullan, Robert (MP); Melham, Daryl (MP); Mirabella, Sophie (MP); Morrison, Scott (MP); Moylan, Judith (MP); Murphy, John (MP); Neal, Belinda (MP); Nelson, Brendan (MP); Neumann, Shayne (MP); Neville, Paul (MP); Oakeshott, Robert (MP); O’Connor, Brendan (MP); Owens, Julie (MP); Parke, Melissa (MP); Pearce, Chris (MP); Perrett, Graham (MP); Plibersek, Tanya (MP); Price, Roger (MP); Pyne, Chris (MP); Raguse, Brett (MP); Ramsey, Rowan (MP); Randall, Don (MP); Rea, Kerry MP (Constituents); Ripoll, Bernie (MP); Rishworth, Amanda (MP); Robb, Andrew (MP); Robert, Stuart (MP); Roxon, Nicola (MP); Ruddock, Philip (MP); Saffin, Janelle (MP); Schultz, Alby (MP); Scott, Bruce (MP); Secker, Patrick (MP); Shorten, Bill (MP); Sidebottom, Sid (MP); Simpkins, Luke (MP); Slipper, Peter (MP); Smith, Tony (MP); Smith, Stephen (MP); Snowdon, Warren (MP); Somlyay, Alex (MP); Southcott, Andrew (MP); Stone, Sharman (MP); Sullivan, Jon (MP); Swan, Wayne (MP); Symon, Mike (MP); Tanner, Lindsay (MP); Thomson, Craig (MP); Thomson, Kelvin (MP); Trevor, Chris (MP); Truss, Warren (MP); Tuckey, Wilson (MP); Turnbull, Malcolm (MP);;; Vale, Danna (MP); Vamvakinou, Maria (MP); Washer, Mal (MP); Windsor, Tony (MP); Wood, Jason (MP); Zappia, Tony (MP);
    Subject: Do Not Introduce Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination

    Dear Member of Parliament,

    I wish to express my concern to you with regard to mass vaccination of the Australian public for swine flu, using a vaccine with no long term studies yet potential for dangerous side effects.

    There is much talk amongst politicians, medical associations and the media with regards to making this swine flu vaccine mandatory. I do not consent to mandatory vaccination and I wish to point out that my right to do so is protected under informed consent laws relative to each Australian States criminal Acts.

    I am very informed as to the risk benefit ratio and the risks far out weigh the perceived benefits.

    To put things into perspective, malaria kills 3,000 people every day, and it’s considered “a health problem”… But of course, there are no fancy vaccines for malaria that can rake in billions of dollars for drug companies in a short amount of time. For example; Chinese scientists have already found the cure for malaria yet it is not a drug that can be patented by big corporate money.

    But getting back to the H1N1 issue, one Australian news source, for example, states that even a mild swine flu epidemic could lead to the deaths of 1.4 million people and would reduce economic growth by nearly $5 trillion dollars (,23599,25392380-2,00.html ).

    This sounds like the outlandish cries of the pandemic bird-flu, when President Bush said two million Americans would die as a result of the bird flu! Where is the Bird Flu now?

    As of August 28th 2009 (update 63) ( ), there have been 2185 deaths world wide from H1N1. Compared to seasonal flu, this does not constitute a pandemic let alone justify mandatory mass vaccination with a vaccine that will have dangerous side effects and little proof of efficacy.

    Approximately 36 thousand Americans die from seasonal flu every year, 200 thousand are hospitalised. Between 250 – 500 thousand people die from seasonal flu world wide, also resulting in three to five million cases of severe illness. The world wide 2185 deaths from H1N1 virus, does not constitute a pandemic yet alone grounds to begin mandatory vaccination of the Australian public.

    Just a couple of months ago, scientists concluded that the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 50-100 million people worldwide in a matter of 18 months — which all these worst case scenarios are built upon — was NOT due to the flu itself!

    Tami Flu vaccine, used against seasonal flu, does not work effectively and is not a safe drug. Serious side effects include convulsions, delirium or delusions, and 12 deaths in children and teens as a result of neuropsychiatric problems and brain infections Japan actually banned Tami flu for children in 2007.

    In 2007, the FDA in the USA finally began investigating some 1,800 adverse event reports related to the drug.

    In fact the Tami Flu vaccine has been found to be almost useless < The risk and dangers compared to perceived benefits of Tami flu are great.

    Recently a confidential letter from the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency was sent to about 600 neurologists alerting them to watch for an increase in Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) as a result of the swine flu vaccination. GBS can be fatal as it attacks the nerve lining, causing paralysis and suffocation – as those affected are unable to breath.

    The UK Daily Mail reported on the July 29 letter and pointed to a similar U.S. swine flu vaccination used in 1976 when:

    * “More people died from the vaccination than from swine flu (25 deaths);
    * 500 cases of GBS were detected;
    * the vaccine may have increased the risk of contracting GBS by eight times;
    * the vaccine was withdrawn after just 10 weeks when the link with GBS became clear;
    * The U.S. government was forced to pay out 1.3 million dollars to those affected.”

    So, instead of giving warnings to the people who’ll be vaccinated, secret letters were sent to neurologists to keep track of the number of human guinea pigs who contract the dreadful GBS without knowing the risk.

    The dangers of using live attenuated viruses in vaccinations can also lead to an out break in flu, just exactly the opposite of what the vaccine was made for. It can actually spread the virus rather than cure it.

    The vaccine time below helps illustrates my points.

    Vaccine history

    • In the USA in 1960, two virologists discovered that both polio vaccines were contaminated with the SV 40 virus which causes cancer in animals as well as changes in human cell tissue cultures. Millions of children had been injected with these vaccines. (Med Jnl of Australia 17/3/1973 p555)

    • In 1871-2, England, with 98% of the population aged between 2 and 50 vaccinated against smallpox, it experienced its worst ever smallpox outbreak with 45,000 deaths. During the same period in Germany, with a vaccination rate of 96%, there were over 125,000 deaths from smallpox. ( )
    The Hadwen Documents

    • In Germany, compulsory mass vaccination against diphtheria commenced in 1940 and by 1945 diphtheria cases were up from 40,000 to 250,000. (Don’t Get Stuck, Hannah Allen)

    • In 1967, Ghana was declared measles free by the World Health Organisation after 96% of its population was vaccinated. In 1972, Ghana experienced one of its worst measles outbreaks with its highest ever mortality rate. (Dr H Albonico, MMR Vaccine Campaign in Switzerland, March 1990)

    • In 1977, Dr Jonas Salk who developed the first polio vaccine, testified along with other scientists, that mass inoculation against polio was the cause of most polio cases throughout the USA since 1961. (Science 4/4/77 “Abstracts” )

    • In the UK between 1970 and 1990, over 200,000 cases of whooping cough occurred in fully vaccinated children. (Community Disease Surveillance Centre, UK)

    • In the 1970’s a tuberculosis vaccine trial in India involving 260,000 people revealed that more cases of TB occurred in the vaccinated than the unvaccinated. (The Lancet 12/1/80 p73)

    In 1976 mass vaccination of Swine flu begain in the USA. Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine. The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths. However, several hundred people developed crippling Guillain-Barré Syndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine. Even healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics. And the swine flu pandemic itself? It never materialized. ( )

    • In 1978, a survey of 30 States in the US revealed that more than half of the children who contracted measles had been adequately vaccinated. (The People’s Doctor, Dr R Mendelsohn)

    • The February 1981 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 90% of obstetricians and 66% of pediatricians refused to take the rubella vaccine.

    • In 1979, Sweden abandoned the whooping cough vaccine due to its ineffectiveness. Out of 5,140 cases in 1978, it was found that 84% had been vaccinated three times! (BMJ 283:696-697, 1981)

    • In the USA, the cost of a single DPT shot had risen from 11 cents in 1982 to $11.40 in 1987. The manufacturers of the vaccine were putting aside $8 per shot to cover legal costs and damages they were paying out to parents of brain damaged children and children who died after vaccination. (The Vine, Issue 7, January 1994, Nambour, Qld)

    Please do not introduce mandatory vaccination upon the Australian people.

    Yours sincerely


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    Thu 03 Sep 09 | To: Fay Gardner (DoH) | Mercury in the swine flu vaccine – and what else?

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 3 September 2009

    From: Bradfield Resident <>
    Date: Thursday 03 September 2009 16:48 (+10)
    Subject: Mercury in the swine flu vaccine – and what else?
    To: Ms Fay Gardner <>, Dr Rachel David [CSL Director of Public Affairs]
    Cc:, NIR.Incident.Coordinator, NIR.Operations.Manager

    Ms Gardner,

    one month after issuing questions to your department about the swine flu “pandemic” and the swine flu vaccine, I have still not received answers.

    According to video footage of a vial of CSL’s Panvax H1N1 Vaccine seen shown on television last week, the vaccine contains Thiomersal, which is nearly 50% mercury by weight.

    What else does the vaccine contain? (See the attached message history for a list of possible contents of interest, including MF59 or squalene)

    What is different about this swine flu vaccine in terms of manufacture and testing?

    In what way(s), if any, does the WHO pandemic level, and/or equivalent Australian medical emergency status affect the development and usage of the vaccine and the liability that the manufacture will (or will not) face in the case of problems?

    To Dr Richard David, if you are able to address these questions (please refer to the message history below), please do.

    Bradfield Resident, NSW
    Thursday 3 September 2009

    Quoted text:
    Mon 17 Aug 09 | To: Fay Gardner (DoH) | No answers from Health Ops

    Tue 11 Aug 09 | To: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza
    Tue 04 Aug 09 | From: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza
    Fri 31 Jul 09 | To: Fay Gardner (DoH) | Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

    Posted in CSL Biotherapies, Mail Sent, Office of Health Protection, Pandemic A(H1N1)v 2009, Thimerosal/ Thiomersal/ Thimersol/ Merthiolate, Vaccines, WHO (World Health Organization) | Leave a Comment »

    Still no answers from the Government about the swine flu pandemic and vaccines

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 18 August 2009

    Nearly two weeks have passed since Jamie Geysen received my Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza email, passed on by Fay Gardner, Assistant Secretary of the Health Protection Policy Branch of the Department of Health and Ageing. I have directed my question back to Fay Gardner, with related information and qestions such as:

    • An article in the Illawarra Mercury (Appin girl, 6, trials swine flu vaccine, Mon 10 Aug 09) about a young girl with a suppressed immune system whose mother was desperate to have her be part of the vaccine trials
    • Baxter exported live avian flu in an “experimental vaccine” that was not supposed to contain avian flu virus at all to 18 countries in 2009; this “weaponised” Baxter vaccine came from a BSL3 (Biosafetly Level 3) facility where such a “mistake” could not have accidentally occurred
    • What external testing will be done on the Australian vaccine?
    • Large numbers of illness, disablement and death caused by 1976 swine flu vaccinations
    • Claims that pandemic H1N1 influenza is a man-made virus, with swine, avian and human influenza components
    • Greece and the UK have announced population-wide vaccination programs – what is Australia’s plan?

    The email to Ms Gardner is viewable at:

    Below are some references for the contaminated Baxter vaccine incident.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Avian Flu H5N1, Baxter International, Commentary, CSL Biotherapies, Office of Health Protection, Pandemic, Pandemic A(H1N1)v 2009, Swine Flu 1976, Vaccines | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

    Mon 17 Aug 09 | To: Fay Gardner (DoH) | No answers from Health Ops

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 17 August 2009

    From: Bradfield Resident <>
    Date: Monday 17 August 2009 20:58 (+10)
    Subject: No answers from Health Ops [Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza]
    To: Ms Fay Gardner <>
    Cc:, NIR.Incident.Coordinator, NIR.Operations.Manager,

    Ms Gardner,

    on Tuesday 4 August 2009 you passed my questions on to “Health Ops”. Jamie Geysen replied suggesting a proper response “within the next week”.

    Near two weeks have passed without any further information, nor a reply to my concern about testing on children, especially those with suppressed immune systems.

    I have since found an article about Ebony Shearer, a 6 year old girl mentioned in a story I heard on television last week:

    Illawarra Mercury
    Appin girl, 6, trials swine flu vaccine
    10/08/2009 4:00:00 AM

    The article indicates that Ebony was trecently contracted whooping cough:

    However, [Ebony’s] rocky beginning left her lungs forever compromised and as a result she is prone to chest infections and colds, and has only just recovered from a bout of whooping cough she picked up in January.

    My recollection of the television story was that Ebony had been “immunised” (vaccinated) against whooping cough, not mentioned in this Mercury article.

    The story shows the mother’s desperation

    Mrs Shearer pulled her daughter out of school two weeks ago.

    She wanted to protect her from the swine flu pandemic, and was so keen to see her vaccinated she was preparing to fly her to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where adult vaccine trials began on July 22.

    and comes with a very convenient feel-good quote:

    ”She knows she’ll be able to play with the other kids if she gets the needle,” Mrs Shearer said.

    At issue is not just that vaccination offers a false sense of hope but that it is outright deceptive. Vaccination does not afford immunisation, as ably demonstrated by Ebony’s vaccination against and subsequent contraction of whooping cough, if not the millions of people worldwide who have contracted various diseases for which they had supposedly been “immunised” (actually vaccinated) against.

    Baxter, another pharmecutical company producing vaccines, only earlier this year exported what was essentially a weaponised bio-weapon in the form of an “experimental vaccine” that actually contained live a avian flu virus to some 18 countries, despite the facility purportedly being a BSL3 (Biosafetly Level 3) facility where such a “mistake” could not have accidentally occurred, and which, if it had gone undetected by external testing, may have lead to a massive worldwide disaster.

    What external testing will be done on this vaccine made in Australia? How is the Australian public to know what is in it and what harm it may cause?

    The millions of doses of “swine flu” vaccine given in 1976 lead to large numbers of deaths, serious illness and permanent disablement of recipients in the United States – and that was from a “scare” on a military base where only one person actually dies from the virus, and that was after they had been sick and subsequently went on a forced marh, dying only after the stress of the forced march.

    Why, instead of seriously investigating the sordid history of vaccines and vaccination programs worldwide, do we instead give phamecutical companies billions of dollars to poison us, infect us with diseases and ultimately kill us? Some scientists say that this current “pandemic” virus strain is almost certainly man-made, containing elements from swine, avian and human influenzas. What is the Australian Government’s scientific advisory about such claims?

    I am waiting for some serious answers to my questions abot the contents of the vaccine currently under trial, and any modification to or alternate vaccine that will (apparently) be suppled by CSL or any other company to be used in Australia, as are a number of my contacts. Other countries have announced population-wide vaccination programs (Greece and UK as examples). What is Australia’s plan?

    Bradfield Resident, NSW
    Monday 17 August 2009

    Note: this discussion is publicised at

    Quoted text:
    Tue 11 Aug 09 | To: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza
    Tue 04 Aug 09 | From: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza
    Fri 31 Jul 09 | To: Fay Gardner (DoH) | Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

    Posted in Avian Flu H5N1, Baxter International, CSL Biotherapies, Mail Sent, Office of Health Protection, Pandemic, Pandemic A(H1N1)v 2009, Swine Flu 1976, Vaccines | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

    Concerns about H1N1 vaccine trial on children

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 11 August 2009

    I heard on a television program last night that a swine flu vaccine trial has begun in Sydney, with children being tested for the “optimum treatment”, that is, one shot or two? One woman spoke about how she was eager to have her daughter in the vaccine trial, since her daughter is prone to illnesses due to a suppressed immune system. In the report it was mentioned that a child in the family [update: it was Emily, the daughter with the suppressed immune system] had recently contracted whooping cough, despite supposedly being immunised. What wasn’t asked is why the girl’s mother believed the trial H1N1 immunisation would be effective when clearly other immunisation was not effective.

    I had previously read that adult trials had already begun in Adelaide, again only to determine whether one or two doses was best.

    For neither of these trials did I hear of there being any control group – a group offered a placebo, or some other vaccine (I have read of a similar flu vaccine trial where some participants were given a hepatitis vaccine) – so the assumption is that yes, the vaccine is good for you, we just need to work out how much you need.

    It has been a week since the Department of Health and Ageing’s initial response to my Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza, so I wrote again to express my concern (view email to DoH).

    Posted in Commentary, National Incident Room, Office of Health Protection, Pandemic, Pandemic A(H1N1)v 2009, Vaccines | Leave a Comment »

    Tue 11 Aug 09 | To: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 11 August 2009

    From: Bradfield NSW <>
    Date: Tuesday 11 August 2009 15:27 (+10)
    Subject: Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza [No Protective Marking] [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
    Cc: NIR.Incident.Coordinator, NIR.Operations.Manager,

    Mr Geysen,

    I am concerned that human trials have begun on young children in Sydney, as announced on television and other news sources, especially after seeing a story about a family who rushed to have their young daughter, with a suppressed immune system, to be part of the trial. In that television item it was noted that one of the family’s children had recently contracted whooping cough “despite being immunised”, a thin admission that immunisation does not work.

    I am also concerned that you are delaying your response to my questions about the contents and effectiveness of the vaccines in order to suppress vital information for the people of Australia.

    Bradfield Resident, NSW
    Tuesday 11 August 2009

    Quoted text:
    Tue 04 Aug 09 | From: Jamie Geysen (DoH) | Re: Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

    Posted in Mail Sent, National Incident Room, Pandemic, Pandemic A(H1N1)v 2009, Vaccines | Leave a Comment »

    Questions about Pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza

    Posted by bradfieldresident on 4 August 2009

    On Friday 31 July 2009 I sent an email to Fay Gardner, Assistant Secretary of the Health Protection Policy Branch of the Department of Health and Ageing (of the Australian Federal Government). It contained a number of questions about the swine flu “pandemic”, what is in the vaccines, who makes it, and so on.

    On Monday 03 August, following up on that email,  I made a phonecall to Ms Gardner’s office in Canberra to ask if it had been received and whether I would receive a response. I was informed by her assistant that the office receives hundreds of emails every day, and, upon searching for my message, was able to confirm that it had been received, and that it would be brought to Ms Gardner’s attention. Shortly thereafter a written confirmation was sent.

    On Tuesday morning, Ms Gardner forwarded my questions on to “Health Ops” (apparently the National Incident Room for the Office of Health Protection).

    Around lunchtime, Jamie Geysen provided an initial response, writing “I expect that a response to your questions will be provided within the next week.”

    Posted in Commentary, Office of Health Protection, Pandemic, Pandemic A(H1N1)v 2009, Vaccines | Leave a Comment »