Monthly Archives: September 2015

Blow up the pokies

Regular readers of this blog, and I know there are at least two of you, may have noticed that I have changed the URL away from Why? Because WordPress carry ads for gambling, and I lost a family friend to gambling debt related suicide. Gambling is a particularly pernicious problem in Australia, as the blow chart shows, and is linked to around 20% of suicides.

This is made worse by Governments and large companies. And that’s why I no longer host at

If you are feeling suicidal or need help, some resources in Australia are:

 Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

beyondblue: 1300 22 4636

New public officer of the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network


So the AVN have a new public officer, Rebecca (Bek) Henry:


Association extract for the AVN






She was previously listed as a committee member in 2013. I have written to Rebecca requesting information about the current committee of the AVN:

Dear Rebecca,

Congratulations on becoming the new public officer of the AVN.

Under Section 29 of the Associations Incorporation Act (NSW) 2009 the AVN is required to keep a register of committe members and to make this available, free of charge, to any person. With that in mind, can you please send me a copy of the register.


Dr Matthew Berryman

I am hoping she’ll be a little bit more forthcoming than Meryl Dorey was to requests for committee members; I have received no response to my query regarding who the current president is.