Anti-vax group threatened with closure over acronym
The former Australian Vaccination Network's new name, Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, came into effect earlier this month following an order by the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal.
But the group insisted it would keep the acronym AVN and its website domain www.avn.org.au.
It claims to have received a call from David Byrne, director of the Investigations, Compliance and Enforcement Division at NSW Fair Trading, asking for all instances of the abbreviation AVN to be changed to AVSN.
A blog on the organisation's website by president Greg Beattie states: “He has threatened to commence action without further notice to shut us down and remove our domain from the internet."
“This was quite a surprise! Before the call there had been no mention of this intention… we believe this latest move suggests the aim, from the beginning, has been to force our organisation to close its doors.”