Questioning authority: Joan Shenton visa not approved

Award-winning journalist Joan Shenton. Photo supplied.

Award-winning journalist Joan Shenton has been forced to cancel her appearance at a series of panel discussions on the effects of the Gardasil HPV vaccination program after she was not provided with visa confirmation prior to her flight leaving the UK.

A very high proportion of 12-13 year old girls and boys in Australia are routinely administered Gardasil free of charge in school as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Joan Shenton’s award-winning documentary film Sacrificial Virgins questions the controversies associated with the vaccination with many cases of severe neurological damage and also deaths in girls and young women.

Joan Shenton was to have appeared in person for a panel discussion at each of the seven screenings, joined by international scientists and people directly affected by neurological damage following HPV vaccination. However, after a statement in several newspapers (two) that ‘Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would not rule out denying entry to British filmmaker Joan Shenton when she flies in for the screenings,’ Ms Shenton was told by a Department of Home Affairs representative on Friday that her visa application had been taken out of the automated procedure and was being ‘manually assessed’.  At the time of writing, visa confirmation has not been provided and the deadline has passed for Ms Shenton’s flight from the UK. 

According to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt as reported in ‘the film spreads “false and reckless” claims’.

‘The science is in and the medical experts advice is absolute – vaccinations save lives and protect lives and they are an essential part of a healthy society,’ Mr Hunt told Fairfax when the Australia launch of the film was announced.

Sacrificial Virgins

Sacrificial Virgins is a 30 minute documentary which pulls together the Sacrificial Virgins trilogy launched in 2017. It is directed and produced by Andi Reiss and written, narrated and produced by Joan Shenton. In March this year, it was lauded at the Watchdog Film Festival, held in Brisbane, Australia, where it won both the Watchdog Spirit Award for its investigative journalism and the Best of the Festival award. It then went on to win the prestigious Special Jury Prize for World Social Impact at the Queens World Film Festival in Queens, New York.  It is a co-production between Meditel Productions and Yellow Entertainment.

Joan Shenton said: ‘Sacrificial Virgins shows there’s no evidence that vaccines used in immunisation programs to guard against HPV will also prevent future onsets of cervical cancer – because there’s no scientific evidence that HPV actually causes such cancers. However, the film provides plenty of evidence that, after vaccination, countless young women worldwide have experienced life-changing neurological damage.’

The seven screenings will be:
Thursday 2 August – Sunshine Coast – 6:00 PM
Sunday 5 August – Sydney City 2:00 PM
Monday 6 August – North Sydney 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7 August – Near Melbourne CBD 7:00 PM
Thursday 9 August –Northern Rivers NSW 6:00 PM
Saturday 11 August – Gold Coast 6:00 PM
Monday 13 August – Brisbane 6:00 PM

To find out more on booking tickets and where the screening will be hosted click here

9 responses to “Questioning authority: Joan Shenton visa not approved”

  1. Rod says:

    I don’t agree with the federal government but they finally made one right call, keep these quacks out of here. They do more harm then good spreading their unscientific views. Now how about letting the refugees on manus in and deal with climate change.

  2. Mungo MacCallum says:

    Why is The Echo so bi-polar? We accept the e science of climate change, as obviously we should, but then give aid and succour to the nutters, frauds and child murderers of the anti-vax conspiracy. And don;t get me started an bout the fluoride deniers. Either you accept the overwhelming evidence of generations, the scientific consensus, or you can continue to wallow in your ignorance and prejudices. The Echo should be better than this Mungo

    • Adrian says:

      If water fluoridation – using a toxic S6 poison industrial byproduct sourced from fertiliser factory chimneys, and contaminated with a wide range of toxic heavy metals – is based on an overwhelming scientific consensus, how can you reconcile this with the fact that 95% of the world’s population (98% of Western Europe) does not drink fluoridated water?

      • Sue says:

        Adrian – the fluoride ions released from whatever water-soluble compound of fluoride is added to town water is the same fluoride ion that naturally occurs in water all over the world. Where it is naturally very high – such as in areas of India and China – true toxicity occurs. Where it is low, it can be supplemented to safe levels. It’s well known that people that don’t consume fluoridated water have more dental caries, at a population level. Europe doesnt lead the way in everything – they have also been behind many countries in controlling cigarette smoking.

  3. Amanda Lissarrague says:

    So thankful my daughter received this vaccination.

  4. Adrian says:

    This decision is a concern to everybody, including pro-vaccine supporters, due to the fact that it sets a precedent where an individual can be gagged from speaking in Australia when they are not engaged in spreading hatred or violence. Recently far-right Islamophobe Lauren Southern was given visa access into Australia, so obviously government ideas about what constitutes a threat to society are a little – subjective.

    In relation to Gardasil, why has Japan’s HPV vaccination rate dropped to below 1%? Could it have something to do with the fact that Japanese authorities are no longer recommending it? Then there are the phony placebos, see If you want to risk your child receiving a vaccine containing genetically modified DNA fragments, then good luck. You might need it.

  5. Shane Adams says:

    Mungo McCallum, there is no “overwhelming evidence of generations” with gardasil – it is too new. At this stage people are being forced to submit their children as guinea pigs for an experiment with a newer vaccine that has not been used for even one generation, or be punished. Unlike other vaccines. Don’t spread misinformation yourself!

  6. Adrian says:

    Key findings:
    >The Cochrane human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine review missed nearly half of the eligible trials.
    >The review was influenced by reporting bias and biased trial designs.
    >Authors of Cochrane reviews should make every effort to identify all trials and the trials’ limitations.

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