When anti-vaxxers go rogue

You may have seen there are a number of court proceedings on foot challenging various aspects of the NSW State Government’s COVID-19 related health orders, such as:

The cases in the NSW Supreme Court are being heard together, and you may have seen a fake court transcript being circulated on social media by anti-vaxxers, designed to bring the vaccines, and the relevant expert, into disrepute.

In response, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance was forced to issue a media release today alerting the community that the so-called court transcript is a fake, and the quotes attributed to NCIRS Director Professor Kristine Macartney are fabricated.

Last month, NSW Supreme Court Justice Robert Beech-Jones was also forced to issue a stern warning from to bench to anti-vaxxers bombarding him with email messages, noting that their conduct was interfering with the administration of justice.

While I just simply don’t understand the endless, barefaced lies and misinformation peddled by anti-vaxxers on social media, I suppose when facts and science are not on your side, all you are left with is an alternative reality filled with falsehoods …

Postscript – 15 October 2021: just about an hour ago Justice Robert Beech-Jones, somewhat predictably, dismissed the challenges to the vaccine mandates in Kassam v Hazzard; Henry v Hazzard [2021] NSWSC 1320, concluding that ‘[a]ll of the asserted grounds of invalidity raised by both sets of plaintiffs have been rejected. Both proceedings must be dismissed.’

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