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VLA says anti-vax case a test of government power over children in care

VLA says anti-vax case a test of government power over children in care

By Karin Derkley

Child Welfare Guardianship 


Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) says a case that involves parents who don't want their children in temporary care to be immunised is an important test of how far the government can go in over-riding the authority of parents. The case has raised controversy in mainstream media and criticism from the state government on the basis that it appears to be encouraging opposition to an important public health measure. However, VLA has defended its funding of the case, saying the case has no affect on immunisation policies but will clarify parental rights for families caught up in the child protection system. "It is not about taking a position on immunisation. We respect the important public health directive for children to be immunised,” VLA Family, Youth and Children's Law executive director Nicole Rich says.

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