The Australian Sex Party (ASXP) was recently contacted by well-known anti-vaxxer Meryl Dorey about their stance on both the government's "No Jab, No Pay" policy, and the Victorian state government's follow on legislation, "No Jab, No Play".
Both policies deny parents certain child-care and family benefits if they choose not to vaccinate their children.
According to the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network website, Dorey as the public officer of this organisation has contacted every federal political party registered with the Australian Electoral Commission to collect their stances on vaccination.
"We will be posting the party’s responses as soon as they come in, so please bookmark this page (and share it widely on social media, via email and on your own blogs) and pay us a visit often to view the status of party responses," states the site.
ASXP have since published their response, signed by the party's senior policy advisor Darren Austin.
The party states that they believe "in individual liberty, and the freedom to make choices regarding your own life", but they also state that with this freedom comes responsibility.
Some people are in fact allergic and for medical reasons unable to receive vaccines. The party highlighted that parents who choose to not vaccinate their children, even if their child has no mitigating medical circumstances, pose a risk to those children in particular.
If you need to explain the difference between "research" and "actual science", the ASXP have you covered, too.
"The Party does not, however, believe that going against the best scientific information available, represents an informed health choice. The anti-vaccination movement encourages parents to “do your own research”, however doing “research” by reading web-pages is not comparable to actual research done by scientists who work hard to protect us all from dangerous and debilitating disease."
The ASXP, known for their stance on protecting civil liberties, highlighted that their support of the government's policy is not a function of discrimination against anti-vaxxers, but an enforcement of social responsibility.
"The safety and efficacy of vaccination is not an area of scientific controversy. The claim that governments and scientists are all conspiring to mislead us for some nefarious purpose is absurd and irresponsible. [..] We at the Australian Sex Party would like to encourage parents who are questioning what’s right for their children, to follow the advice of the scientific and medical communities, rather than charlatans and conspiracy theorists."
It appears that the actual jab of a vaccine would sting far less than this letter. Some members of the public have taken to Twitter to express their appreciation of the party's response.
Follow this link to read ASXP's response to Dorey in full.