In the flood of world-wide publicity which has greeted the decision by Australia to BAN my “DANGEROUS SCIENCE” tour there have been some suggestions that I NEVER actually applied to go to Australia.
Considering that the decision to DENY me admission was reported in papers from Australia, China, Thailand, the United States, and Great Britain, I’m a little confused by such comments.
Surely they don’t intend to say Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, was lying when he said my visa had been denied. Government officials always tell the truth, right?
Pro-Vaxxer “Conspiracy Theorists…“
But for those “conspiracy theorists” out there, let me quote from the Australian government’s official denial of my application to visit the country, sent to me by email on August 31, 2017.
“On 14 August 2017 the Department received information from Mr. Heckenlively stating that he intended to tour Australia in December 2017 to promote his views on anti-vaccination and promote his anti-vaccination books . . .
Open source information indicates that Mr. Heckenlively also plans to discuss during his tour of Australia how the pharmaceutical industry and government entities have made human lives more dangerous. He is also quoted as saying he regards himself as the “World’s Number One Anti-Vaxxer” . . .
Based on this information, I am satisfied that Mr. Heckenlively’s intentions to promote his views on anti-vaccination would or might be a risk to the good order of the Australian community . . .
Therefore, I am satisfied that there is a ground to cancel Mr. Heckenlively’s visa under section 116(1)(e)(i) – that his presence in Australia would or might be a risk to the health and good order of the Australian community.”
Can we at least all agree that I did apply for entry to the country and was denied?
What they forgot to note in their eight paragraph explanation for the revocation of my visa is that I have also called for a FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON CHILDHOOD VACCINES in the United States, and wanted to promote a similar campaign in Australia.
The link for my efforts to impose a FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON CHILDHOOD VACCINES in the United States can be found at:
Further on in the letter it noted that my visa was cancelled without notice under section 128 of the Migration Act, because in their words, “There is a risk that Mr. Heckenlively will travel to Australia if given notice of an intention to consider cancellation of his visa.”
And the letter also notes that “Mr. Heckenlively is subject to Public Interest Criteria 4013 which will prevent the grant of certain visa for three years from cancellation date.”
Just so you don’t think the government of Australia are a bunch of big meanies,
They did send an accompanying letter, just in case I thought they’d made a mistake.
In it they wrote, “You are invited to show why you think the ground for cancellation does not exist and/or to give reasons why your visa should not have been cancelled.”