The following document was contributed by a reader from Australia following Prime Minister  Tony Abbott’s recent announcement that the government planned to end “conscientious objection” exemptions from the national children’s vaccination programme. (See

Loss of the exemption could cost families who choose not to vaccinated their children up to $15,000 per child per year.

(If you are in Australia and may be affected by the announcement, please contact the Australian organisations that support parents’ right to make a free and informed choice about vaccination for their children.

Their websites are and/or   


The document below includes some links to interesting facts about vaccines that you may find interesting.  Note to NZ readers: The document refers to Scott Morrison.  He is the current Minister for Social Services in Tony Abbott’s government:


Reader-contributed PDF with interesting information about vaccines and vaccination