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Australia to Penalize Vaccine Resisters

Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 02:07 PM

Welfare recipients in Australia will have their benefits cut off if they refuse to vaccinate their children under a new proposal.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the “no jab, no pay” policy Sunday afternoon.

"It's a very important measure to keep our children and our families as safe as possible," he told reporters in Sydney.

Under the current law, Australian parents who have "conscientious objections" about immunizations can claim childcare and welfare payments. That policy will now change.

The Australian Medical Association, which represents 27,000 doctors, backs the plan.

“The overwhelming advice of those in the health profession is it's the smart thing and the right thing to do to immunize your children,” said Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

Anti-vaccination campaigns have been gaining ground in the United States and other countries in recent years.

A measles outbreak centered at Disneyland in California earlier this year sparked proposals to tighten vaccination requirements in that state.

So-called “Anti-Vaxxers” say that some vaccines are dangerous and have been linked to autism, although many mainstream doctors reject that claim.

Under the new Australian plan, welfare recipients could lose up to $2,100 per child if they refuse vaccinations.

The plan would still allow exemptions on religious or medical grounds, but Morrison called the exemptions “very narrow.”

The Australian government estimates that some 39,000 children in that country are unvaccinated because of objections by their parents.

Morrison said that so far no mainstream religions have registered objections to the new vaccine proposal.

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