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AVSN: Vaxxed Tour 2017 Gold Coast screening

[Ed Note: this screening has caused quite a stir which will be ongoing, so it's presented in a chronological format]

25 July 2017

The Gold Coast screening was held on 25 July 2017 at the Miami State High School, Miami QLD. Unlike the previous two screenings, there were no door sales advertised and no mention of the venue's name in social media posts by the organisers.

The photos below, sourced on the evening of the screening, confirmed beyond all doubt that the venue was the Miami State High School:


Source: Miami State High School Facebook

Source: Facebook live video of screening

The 'We Are Vaxxed' Facebook page is the official page for Vaxxed that is covering the Australian tour. It published a Facebook live video of the Q&A session that followed the screening.
Just as the session was winding down, Polly Tommey sneaked across the stage to grab the video guy, and ran outside to chase down Gold Coast Bulletin reporter, Jack Harbour. She harangued him about his article and Jack soon found himself surrounded by Vaxxed supporters, with Polly Tommey still going for it. Never was a schoolyard a more appropriate setting for the juvenile antics displayed by the Vaxxed team.

26 July 2017

For those of us familiar with the constant lies from the AVSN, it was confirmed the next day that Miami State High School had been misled when accepting the booking, having been advised it was for an organic vegetable seminar.
Anti-vaccination documentary screened at Gold Coast school
Jeremy Pierce, The Courier-Mail

ORGANISERS of an anti-vaccination documentary screening have allegedly tricked a Gold Coast state school into showing the film after telling officials they were running a seminar on organic vegetables.

The documentary aired at Miami State School last night, leaving a furious Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk seeking a full explanation.

The State Government has been vocal in actively encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.

Speaking at a Commonwealth Games function at Keebra Park High School today, Ms Palaszczuk said the doco should never have aired at the school.

"My initial advice is there has been some misrepresentation from that organisation to the school in question where they conveyed to the principal that they were to be conveying information about organic produce," she said.

"I don't think they were very clear in their purpose and I don't think they should have been allowed to present in such a manner.

"I will be speaking with the Education Minister today.

"We have very clear guidelines in place and obviously this organisation made a misrepresentation to the school.

"I will be getting a full briefing on it."

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/antivaccination-documentary-screened-at-gold-coast-school/news-story/896ee008140b28a529a1eb00cf7ce140

Other media reports quickly followed, with the ABC News article Gold Coast school 'tricked' into allowing anti-vaccination film screening advising that ''the incident is being investigated and the Premier is waiting for a full briefing''.
Brisbane Times article Queensland Premier angry over anti-vax screening at Gold Coast school states ''Annastacia Palaszczuk is demanding answers as to how the documentary came to be shown at Miami State School on Tuesday night after organisers told school officials they were running a seminar on organic vegetables''.

An official Facebook page for the Vaxxed movie, We Are Vaxxed, published a Facebook live video of Brian Hooker being interviewed by 7 News Gold Coast. This sent AVSN and Vaxxed supporters into a conspiracy-driven frenzy, claiming that the organic seminar explanation was fabricated by a corrupt media, and (hilarious) comments that the chainsaws and woodchippers that fired up during the interview were brought in deliberately by the CDC to quash the truth.

Shortly afterwards, Miami State High School issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

To the Miami State High School Community

Miami SHS regularly allows the hire of its facilities to support our local community, businesses and families. Unfortunately there has been attention today surrounding a private booking in our school's hall last night that showed a screening of a controversial documentary that was not disclosed to school administration at the time of the booking or any stage after.

The school hall was hired to an independent local business owner to promote their healthy lifestyle business of organic foods and coffee. It is incredibly disappointing that the agreed purpose of the use of hire did not reflect the forum that was presented last night.

I have since met with the business owner this morning to convey my concern and disappointment in the breach of the use of hire agreement and made it clear that Miami State High School does not endorse the anti-vaccination documentary or any organisation attached to this agenda.

Sue Dalton Principal

Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1445046822256202&id=852673401493550

Meanwhile, Meryl Dorey (current committee member and chief money-handler of the AVSN), made a lame attempt at discrediting the media reports by publishing the hiring agreement that was submitted to the school. This only served to prove that the name of the hirer was Meryl Dorey, not the AVSN, and the purpose of the hiring was a 'film screening' (title of film not included). The only mention of the AVSN was in the insurance policy, as the following excerpts show:

But Meryl Dorey's efforts were all in vain, as 7 News Gold Coast later aired report of Krystal Etherington (reporter) attempting to interview Kym O'Connell, the person who tricked Miami State High School into accepting the booking.

27 July 2017

Front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin, 27 July 2017
Front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin, 27 Jul 2017

The Gold Coast Bulletin published a front-page story about the Miami screening with the headline: ''Anti-vaxxers pose as organic food devotees FRUIT OF THE LOONS''.

In response, the We Are Vaxxed Facebook page published a Facebook live video of Polly Tommey interviewing Kym O'Connell (who made the booking), Meryl Dorey and Brian Hooker. This interview only served to prove once again that the school was misled.

It is clear that Kym O'Connell never mentioned the AVSN to the school or informed the school that the film being screened was about vaccination. O'Connell admits that in her discussions about the booking with the school, she talked about other film nights she wanted to hold there about organic food and healthy living. It is no wonder the school was under the impression that the 25th July booking would be for a similar event, as O'Connell had intentionally withheld the true identity of the venue hirer and what film would be screened on the 25th.

Meryl Dorey again confirms that the only mention of the AVSN that the school received was in the insurance policy document. Given that O'Connell had led the school to believe the booking was about organics, the paperwork that followed is irrelevant as it didn't contain anything that divulged the true nature of this event.

Stay Tuned

No doubt we'll be hearing a lot more about the AVSN's duplicity in spreading it's dangerous anti-vaccination message at a public high school. Let this be a warning to the other prospective hosts that the AVSN is actively misleading venue providers.

For further coverage of this incident, please head on over to Reasonable Hank's post Queensland public high school hired out by antivaxers to show antivax film.