*contentious topic warning* By now most of you would have read about the governments discriminatory practice of stopping family allowance payments for people who conscientiously object to playing vaccine-roulette with their kids. IMO this is an extreme abuse of government power and should be rejected. There is a petition taking off on Change.org for those who might be interesting in signing it. https://www.change.org/p/minister-s...l-parents-deserve-to-make-an-uncoerced-choice (It's not my aim to have the whole vaccinated/unvaccinated debate here as we all now how that ends up. There is ample information out there from credible sources that detail the dangers, pros and cons of the whole thing so that people can make their own minds up.) Don't punish parents with unconstitutional penalties for making an informed choice about their children's health, all parents deserve to make an uncoerced choice! As parents it is our duty to make decisions for our children that we believe are best for them, especially when it comes to optional medical interventions like vaccinations. This is a choice that is not taken lightly and parents must make this choice without coercion or manipulation, as stated on the Government’s own website: “For consent to be legally valid, the following elements must be present: It must be given by a person with legal capacity, and of sufficient intellectual capacity to understand the implications of being vaccinated. It must be given voluntarily in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation. It must cover the specific procedure that is to be performed. It can only be given after the potential risks and benefits of the relevant vaccine, risks of not having it and any alternative options have been explained to the individual.” By trying to take away family and childcare payments away from low income families who conscientiously choose to selectively vaccinate or not vaccinate, you are putting them in the impossible position of having to choose between feeding and housing their families and vaccinating their children against their will, THIS IS NOT LEGAL CONSENT, IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IT IS BLACKMAIL! If any of these children are injured or killed because their parents have been forced to vaccinate under duress, is the Government ready to be legally responsible? Especially as there is no vaccine injury compensation scheme in Australia. Stop using Whooping Cough rates as an excuse to attack conscientious objectors and start looking at the real problem, the vaccine. In 1991 <71% of Australian children were fully vaccinated and there were only 347 cases of Whooping Cough, while in 2011 with 90% of children vaccinated, we had 38,751 cases an increase of over 11,000%! How can you blame the 1.8% of unvaccinated children in 2015? The vaccinated can become asymptomatic transmitters of Whooping Cough and infect young infants, while the dominant strain of Whooping Cough is not even targeted by the vaccine. A study has also linked the Whooping cough outbreaks to vaccinated children and adolescents. If raising already high vaccination rates is the purpose of this part of the legislation and the wealthy areas of Australia have the lowest rates, then how does targeting low income families change the vaccination rates of high income families? We have seen children who have been injured or killed after vaccination in Australia, like Saba Button, Ashley Epapara and Lachlan Neyland and the hundreds of children rushed to hospital during the Fluvax debacle of 2009 . By bringing in punishments for families who choose not to vaccinate you are saying that these children are acceptable collateral damage and that they have less value than children injured or killed by diseases, how would you feel if that was your child? Our children deserve better than a one size fits all approach to health care, especially when the healthcare products are being produced by a multi-billion dollar industry with a long and sordid history of fraud and deceptive practices. Just look at the industry whistle-blowers who have courageously come out to testify of this fact, such as Dr William Thompson PhD, Dr's Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski and the revelations of Peter Gøtzsche from the Cochrane Collaboration. If there is a risk there MUST be a choice, ALL parents have the RIGHT and the duty to decide WHICH risk is acceptable to their own families! Anyway, just thought some of you might be interested. Again, not trying to start a bunfight as I appreciate this website as a peaceful refuge from the usual internet nonsense.