journalism

Why I wrote ‘Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed’

  Since a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia in the 1980s I have followed the positioning of cervical cancer as a disease caused by the wart virus, the human papilloma virus with dismay and fury. Dismay at the numbers of unwell teenagers in the wake of the HPV vaccines and fury over the very idea promoted by science and health experts that a virus causes cervical cancer. The idea that a virus […]

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Harare’s Herald lauds Zimbabwe’s HPV vaccination programme

This week in Mutare, Zimbabwe, First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa launched the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme. The vaccine is to be given to over 800,000 girls between the ages of 10 to 14 in an attempt to alleviate the country’s growing cervical cancer rate. However in light of the fact that there is no proof that HPV vaccines have ever prevented a single case of the disease any decrease […]

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A must-see documentary: ‘Manufactured Crisis – HPV, Hype & Horror’

Sixteen year-old girls are going into ovarian dysfunction. Let me put that clearly for you in simple terms. That means a sixteen-year-old girl is going into menopause which is criminal. — A passionate mother speaking in Manufactured Crisis – HPV, Hype & Horror There is no other industry in this world that has that kind of protection. They make their products not subject to any legal liability and then they […]

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ABC’s Media Watch bullies Northern Rivers newspaper into changing its headline

  The Northern Star has been in the business of bringing news to the people of the Northern Rivers since 1876. It’s about us  page informs that it focuses strongly on readers, with stories told through the eyes, ears and mouths of local people. And that’s what it did when it ran ‘Teen left in wheelchair after Gardasil HPV vaccine ‘reaction’. However the story about teenager Olivia Odey now has a new headline ‘Teen’s […]

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Anzac Day, Propaganda, and the Making of Endless Wars

  Anzac Day will soon be upon us and publicity surrounding the centenary has reached fever pitch. But what is really going on? Last wednesday, I attended a forum Anzac Day: Past, Present and Future   held at the Camberwell Civic Centre where Professors Joe Camilleri and Marilyn Lake were joined by Ted Baillieu, Serdar Baycan, Neil Smith and Claire Chisholm in an ABC-style Q&A discussion on the history and future of Anzac […]

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Free speech – not on vaccination it seems!

A SOCIAL media campaign is in progress to stop an American anti-vaccination campaigner running a series of lectures in Australia in March. Following on from the success of a campaign which resulted in the cancellation of the misogynist Julien Blanc’s visa, pro-vaccination activists are calling on the immigration department to have Dr Sherri Tenpenny’s visa cancelled because she speaks about the harms associated with vaccines. Dr Sherri Tenpenny has planned […]

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Raw milk madness!

  The Herald Sun has reported that a three-year-old Mornington Peninsula child has died and four other young children have become seriously ill in recent weeks after drinking unpasteurised milk  sold in Victoria. The reports of this death and injuries were accompanied by screaming headlines in both large font and capital letters KILLER MILK, and the next day Cosmetic milk controversy: State in grip of toxic milk madness. Let’s put this death […]

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In search of cerebral content

        What happened to the opinion page? Remember The Age  when it was a broadsheet and there were three or more opinion pieces in the middle pages that bordered the letters to the editor. These were lengthy pieces of analysis  on topics relating to current public debate. Usually 800-1000 words of worthy content  engaging the reader and leading to enjoyable swapping of ideas and information among family and friends later in the day. Of course […]

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