Angry mother strikes out at no jab, no benefit plan
A SUNSHINE Coast mother-of-six children who stands to lose more than $4300 in family tax benefit supplements says it won't change her mind about vaccinations.
The mother, who asked to remain anonymous, has never vaccinated any of her children, aged between one and 13, and is furious the government is putting other parents who chose not to vaccinate in a difficult position.
"It is unconstitutional, it's inflicting a medical procedure on people and where is it going to stop."
She said both her and her husband where professional and educated people who agonised for months before deciding not to vaccinate their children.
And while the axing of the family tax benefit supplements would hurt the family's financial status, it was not enough to change her mind.
As she home schooled all of her children, she would not be affected by the cut of the child care rebate which could have been up to an extra $200 a week per child.
"Where is it going to stop? They recently brought in a law you have to work until you are 67. What's the next thing, when people reach 80 will they be euthanized?
"This is not about vaccination, it is about people's rights.
"Whatever your views are on it, whether you are pro or anti, it is not the issue.
"It's about people's rights and they are taking that away."
The mother argued the government hadn't "looked at both sides of the story".
"There are graphs out there which show how all these diseases were completely eradicated before the vaccine was introduced. They have never addressed the issues that concern people who don't vaccinate.
"It is always a name-slamming, spear campaign which insults us.
"There has been an unbelievable in crease in ADHD and in autism which has proportionally increased as vaccination increased," she said.
Rai-o Sunshine from Toowoomba wrote "I'm waiting for all those repeating the hoax vaccination equals autism to come out of the woodwork.
"The many parents I know who didn't vaccinate admitted they were responding to the fear tactics of those spreading that hoax.
"They had thought they were being responsible parents by not immunising."
Dilligaff from Bundamba wrote it was "about time".
"Let us put proven science before conspiracy theories."