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Australian Vaccination Network loses appeal against name change order

The Australian Vaccination Network has again been ordered to change its name, after losing an appeal against a ruling that its current name is misleading.

The New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal has upheld a ruling by the state’s Fair Trading department that the anti-vaccination group’s current name could mislead the public.

The AVN can elect to make a further appeal against the ruling, but Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has warned the organisation risks a hefty legal bill because the department will seek legal costs.

The AVN must change its name now, Mr Roberts said.

We’re awaiting advice from the AVN as to what they consider an appropriate name would be.

We reserve the right to reject any names we consider inappropriate, but again my clear message to the Australian Vaccination Network is be open and up-front about what you stand for.

The Australian Medical Association was among those that complained to Fair Trading about the AVN’s name — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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