Former boxer Anthony Mundine has been blasted as a “peanut” and “extremely dangerous” for spreading conspiracy theories about the dangers of vaccinating children.
Mundine posted on Facebook on Wednesday night urging his followers against immunising their children, with a link to an American video that promoted the conspiracy theory that vaccines can cause autism.
“Don’t vaccine your kids period!” Mundine posted.
“The government bully [sic] you into vaccine !”
“Do your research on the shit & watched the documentary vaxxed …”
Paralympian Kurt Fearnley labelled Mundine a “peanut”, pointing out the effects of diseases such as polio that can be prevented through vaccinations.
You can’t make this shit up. We’ve became so comfortable that some promote fear in our peace and others promote apathy in what should be feared… You got many mates with Polio? I do. A heap. From countries that didn’t have the luxury of vaccinations you peanut…. https://t.co/yejUujRfoT
— Kurt Fearnley (@kurtfearnley) April 10, 2019
On Thursday morning, Mundine doubled down on his anti-vaxxer stance, posting on Twitter that he had a right to his opinion and others to theirs.
A lot of talk bout this vaccine stuff ! All I’m saying is research & check what they giving you or ya baby ! When they start mixing it like a cocktail that’s where it’s going wrong ! That’s my opinion & other people have the right to there’s !
— Anthony Mundine (@Anthony_Mundine) April 10, 2019
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the community should ignore Mundine’s views, labelling them “extremely dangerous”.
Australian immunisation levels are 0.4 per cent shy of the government’s 95 per cent target.