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A march for ‘freewill and rejecting all forms of tyranny’ is planned Friday June 5 from 3.30pm in Mullumbimby.

Mullum’s Million March organisers say they will march from Byron Shire Council to the proposed 5G tower next to the post office, and then past the police station and Memorial Centre. Co-organiser Woody Sampson says Mullum’s Million March is a protest against ‘medical tyranny, environmental tyranny, religious and economic tyranny’.

Yet health authorities are reminding the public of the 1.5 metre physical distancing rules. When asked about the march, Northern NSW Local Health District (Northern NSW LHD) chief executive, Wayne Jones told Echonetdaily, ‘When groups of people gather together in close contact it’s easy for COVID-19 to spread. As restrictions are gradually lifted, it’s important to remember that our progress in NSW has been owing to the efforts and sacrifices of many people, and we need to respect their efforts’.

Asked if he accepts that COVID-19 exists, march co-ordinator Sampson replied, ‘It is one of many viruses we hear about, with a low mortality rate. 


‘There was never a lockdown’, he said. ‘Public buses and trains kept running. It’s all arbitrary and hypocritical.

‘The question is why can’t we peacefully protest, when stores like Bunnings traded throughout, and police congregate without observing social distancing measures?’

Sampson, who describes himself as an ex-vaxer, is also calling for ‘mainstream media (MSM) distancing’.

‘Many MSM reporters are documented liars. How do we trust them? I lived in China for seven years. There were reports of lockdowns everywhere, but that never actually happened anywhere… except some, voluntarily’.

Sampson claims the corporations and governments cannot prove vaccines are safe. Referring to the NSW government’s ‘no jab, no play’ immunisation laws that came into effect on January 1, 2018, he says, ‘The US supreme court says that, “vaccines are inherently unsafe”, yet the government continues to remove the enshrined premise of personal property rights and bodily autonomy with forced vaccines’.

He is also calling for an Australian vaccination injury compensation tribunal. Others exist in other western countries such as the US.

Echonetdaily asked Australia’s Law Council if they supported such a tribunal. They replied that, ‘As the peak federal body representing the Australian legal profession, is not in a position to comment on why Australian government policy [has] no vaccination injury compensation tribunal for Australia’.

‘It may be because personal injury law is generally covered at the state and territory level rather than at the federal level. Remedies may also be available through existing court and tribunal processes’. 

Additionally Sampson says, ‘The Australian Immunisation Handbook [available at the NSW Health website], contains the term contraindication, which  is a reason a vaccine should not be given, such as a pre-existing condition. It states “Vaccines should not be given if there is a contraindication, except under expert medical advice from an immunisation specialist”.

‘This important information is ignored by governments – how do we know who has a contraindication? How can and why on earth does the Govt. contradict the manufacturer’s warnings? 

While the government online handbook admits to some adverse events following immunisation, it plays down causality. ‘These events may be caused by the vaccine(s) or may occur by chance (that is, the event would have occurred regardless of vaccination).

Reports of such events are recorded with the Vaccine Adverse Events Registry (VAERs) database, which is managed by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Serious side effects, like allergic reactions, are very rare say TGA.

Department of Health replies

Echonetdaily asked the TGA if there was an accurate way to prove  contraindication within a person prior to vaccination

A Department of Health spokesperson replied, ‘Vaccines are only made available in Australia and included on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) after they have been rigorously tested, evaluated and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure they meet stringent safety and efficiency guidelines’. ‘Vaccines continue to be tested after their introduction via additional clinical trials, surveillance and monitoring of vaccine adverse effects’.

‘Vaccines, like any other medicines can have side effects, however all vaccines used within Australia provide benefits which greatly outweigh their risks.

‘A number of organisations, including the Australian Academy of Science, an independent scientific body, have produced documents such as the Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers, available at www.science.org.au.

Yet according to www.science.org.au, the academy ‘receives government grants towards some of its activities, but has no statutory obligation to government’. 

‘The Australian Government has made significant investments in monitoring the safety of vaccines. AusVax Safety actively monitors vaccine safety throughout Australia and current results are available publicly on their website at www.ausvaxsafety.org.au. You can also search the TGA product information site, for information on each vaccine and access detailed information on effectiveness and safety of all vaccines supplied in Australia. The product information for each vaccine will include information regarding ingredients, as well as contraindications, special warnings and precautions for use, and adverse events.

‘The government’s policy for medical contraindication is based on guidance in the Australian Immunisation Handbook (the Handbook) which is developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group of Immunisation (ATAGI). ATAGI is made up of technical experts in immunisation, general practitioners, and a consumer representative.

‘There is no national no-fault vaccine injury compensation program in operation in Australia at this time, as is the case in some countries where immunisation is mandatory.

‘While the government supports immunisation, it is not compulsory, and people maintain the right to choose whether to vaccinate themselves and their family’.

Forced immunisation

From January 1, 2018, a Public Health Act 2010 amendment came into affect which forces child care facilities (early childhood education and care centres) to demand vaccination certificates for child enrolments. While Byron Shire has a high percentage of parental conscientious objectors and un-immunised children, NSW Health claims 93 per cent of children in NSW are fully vaccinated.

Sampson adds, ‘As of May 1, 2020 all care workers and patients are now mandated to be vaccinated. According to the WHO, there are over 300 new adult vaccines ready to be rolled out, once global mandates are in place. This includes no jab no pay/play, no jab no job, no jab no travel, and no jab no bank account, no jab no house and property insurance’.

‘Council wont even be able to acquire insurance for you to walk on the foot path or pay rates. Where do we draw the line? I have adult friends who became paraplegic immediately after receiving a vaccine. I have friends with autistic children. Now in Australia, 1 in 35 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Shouldn’t someone be questioning why the medical industry has been allowed to organise itself to take over the world?’

The federal health department cites scientific studies indicating that autism is not caused by vaccines: www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/vaccination-and-autism.pdf.

 Sampson added he is about to launch a doco called Safe to Death – A Dark History Of Vaccines.  


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  1. The Echo is a much loved and invaluable local institution which would be greatly missed if it were ever to disappear from the local media landscape (which is looking increasingly bleak after recent closures).
    All the more reason to devote your scarce editorial resources to the stories that matter to most people.
    I simply can’t understand why 5G conspiracy theorists such as “Woody“ are given valuable editorial space to expand their Ill-informed and dangerous views. Claims such as those about the WHO are quoted without evidence. Even there spurious allegations about mainstream media (presumedly including this publication) are allowed to run without refutation.
    Let these nut jobs publicise themselves on social media where they have emerged from. Please don’t treat them like serious news stories. It gives them far too much credit.

  2. …so its a march to promote paranoia, conspiracies and misinformation? Why does the Echo choose to promote this crap when it could be informing people about more worthwhile things – like the Black Lives Matter rallies in Byron/Lismore this weekend (ironically reported on in the Murdoch press)! These are strange times

  3. I hope the organisers are working on their chants because they have a large agenda to cover here:

    ‘ Whada we want?
    ‘Freedom from medical tyranny, environmental tyranny, religious and economic tyranny!

    ‘When do we want it?

    ‘NOW! ‘

    It’s a bit clunky – still there’s nothing wrong with ambition and I’d be happy if the Mullumites manage to keep 5G out for good ( no doubt that’s in there somewhere). The less access they have to YouTube the better.

    And my chant wouldn’t be any catchier:

    ‘Whada we want?

    ‘The right to expect our governments will protect life and seek the best possible health outcomes!

    ‘When do we want it?

    ‘Well – we’ve had a good effort for the last couple months!’

    Maybe I should go for a look – from a very safe distance – to find out exactly what these people are marching about.

  4. I assume that the statement ‘The US supreme court says that vaccines are inherently unsafe’ is based on a misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bruesewitz v Wyeth, LLC, decided in 2011. It’s obvious that Sampson has never read the judgement or has chosen to misinterpret it.

    Where exactly in
    “the Act expressly eliminates liability for a vaccine’s unavoidable, adverse side effects: “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.”
    does it say “vaccines are inherently unsafe”.
    Nothing can be found on the WHO website about ‘… over 300 new adult vaccines ready to be rolled out’ so it appears that as well as MSM reporters being “documented liars” conspiracy theorists aren’t overly endowed with truth telling.
    It doesn’t do much for your case when you just make up ‘facts’ to suit you.

  5. Chris and Peter, don’t be too hasty. I reckon this must have been written and snuck in by the work experience kid.

  6. Thanks to our fab Echo for being open to diverse views. We live in a community that has its strength in diversity, not all singing from the same book, and that is not about to change!

    • Honestly, I think the answer to that is pretty obvious, Rudiger. The protest in Mullumbimby is even reported in the Coffs Coast Advocate, do you want The Echo to pretend it’s not happening? Everyone has to deal with the fact that, in a democracy, people are going to hold, and actually express, ideas that you might disagree with.

  7. Veda, being open to diverse views is great but this is a news item not a letter to the editor. Scientific data is open to interpretation but it is incumbent upon a responsible media to differentiate between those with some expertise and those speaking through their collective arses and not treat them as though they have equal weight. Particularly in such important areas of public health as pandemics and vaccines.

    Personally I don’t give a rats about Woody Sampson’s pronouncements on SARS-COV-2. If I want an opinion I’ll seek an informed one. And if he can’t see the difference between maintaining public transport and going to the pub, or demonstrating for the sake of demonstrating, then I’m not much interested in his views on civil liberties.

    Throwing in a few badly incorporated quotes from NNSW LHD just doesn’t cut it. Who wrote this article? It seems by the lack of byline no one wants to own up.

  8. Bit confused about this stream of comments.. not sure where it all belongs.. yes love the Echo…

    Re the March on Friday.. we have an obligation to keep our community clear of this virus story.
    While many have relaxed about it, I have to say, I haven’t been home for 3 months to hang out with a bunch of people that think it’s a hoax. No matter my personal beliefs, immortality, illusion ra ra.. you know, what ever, I am not egocentric & selfish enough to think that i am infallible. To be respectful of others, the shop staff in town that have been decent enough to work through this difficulty keeping everyone in food etc, I really don’t think it’s too much to be a bit respectful.

    If I do go, I will wear a mask.

    No matter what ya’all think, hundreds of thousands of people have passed.. do you think aliens stole them from hospital beds?
    the coffins on top of coffins in parks in New York or Brazil or the people in Italy who no longer have Grandparents is media propaganda? Hmmm….

    Just look after yourselves & be respectful of each other. That’s what community does.

    Much love

  9. To the ambitious protestors on the street, may you stay safe from harm and future profiling and persecution. Observe diligently all current “distancing rules”, to protect yourselves and each other, not so much from some alleged disease, but from being percieved as the spreaders of the second-already expected-wave of said alleged disease. You will be pilloried by the 99.999%, aswell as zealots with weapons “just following orders”, because “ignorance is bliss” (Thomas Gray), and you are not merely under a tyranny at this time, as opposed to the democracy that school lied to us about, but a despotic tyranny, weilding absolute dominance through threat of punishment, brute force, and lynching by the mob, who still think they are in a democracy.

  10. looks like a real rally call for nut cases to unite, I for one am getting sick of listening to them calling on pseudo science and relaying on doggy internet sites for baseless information, Mullum is fast getting a reputation for being the conspiracy nut case capital of Australia, in this climate of health challenges and economic vows we need a positive outlook to the future, better tech and new vaccines, not uninformed conspiracy theories

  11. Don’t like my comments about media responsibility eh, Echo? So much for all this crew who think you are the paragon of open debate! As long as it doesn’t deliver home truths.

  12. “…rigorously tested, evaluated and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure they meet stringent safety and efficiency guidelines” DOES NOT TRANSLATE TO “therefore safe , nor therefore safe for all people. It follows then, that those people who promote the concept of “one size fits all” and are in favour of indiscriminate forced mass drugging, must also hold to the belief that it is OK to sacrifice some children of a community, for what they BELIEVE to be a greater good for the many, a belief for which there is also much counter evidence, if only they would care to look. However, it appears Aldous Huxley was right when he said “The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar…Hence it comes about that at their first appearance, innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”
    He also said “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.” Which could explain why it is the choice of the majority, to turn their backs on truth, not dare look it in the eyes, and lull themselves into the false sense of security, that the government “has their back”.
    A few more Aldous Huxley words which seem relevant here: “One believes things because he has been conditioned to believe them.” which brings me to the literal Latin translation of “government”. Find “govern” in a Latin/English dictionary, and you find “regere” which translates back to “control”. Look up the suffix “ment” and you find that it comes from the Latin “mentis” which in English is “mind”. So literally, “government” = mind control. So if you subscribe to a nightly dose of ABC TV COVID MANIA, with the “death statistics” waved about on giant boards like footy scores, for your secure regular fix of adrenalin, then, sorry to say, those of you who BELIEVE the official narrative propaganda to be a true representation of reality, you guys have been well and truly “cooked like a dinner”. Not only that, but you have also offered up your children and grandchildren, on a platter, to the proverbial Devil, through your own complacent trust of those agents which themselves might just be, (in ignorance or for profit), it’s minions.

  13. My sincere apologies, Echo – because of the timing of the appearance of the comments I thought u had censored my reply to Veda. I wouldn’t blame u for leaving out the one about the work experience kid – sorry again it was ungracious. I will concede the Echo is generally very prepared to allow the expression of diverse views and reading and replying has given me a source of amusement in the long uneventful days of isolation as well as a feeling of still being in touch with a community.

    Ida, the Huxley quotes indeed make us think but this is the first time I’ve seen an attempt to use etymology to prove that the Government (all governments everywhere?) is up to no good and that most of us are its deluded dupes. If you give it a bit of thought I’m sure you can bring to mind HEAPS of words that end in ‘ment’ and may be just a common suffix utilised in English to turn a verb into a noun suggesting ‘the act of’. I don’t think ‘punishment’ refers solely to a blow to the head, ‘replacement’ to a brain transplant nor ‘impoverishment’ to a lack of mental stimulation. But you could be right.

    • Hi Liz,
      We don’t get notifications of when comments come in, so it’s a matter of checking.
      We usually have about 1 or 2 people a day moderating the comments and we check in 2 – 3 times a day each.
      Depending on what else we are working on (everyone at the Echo has many hats),
      sometimes it might not get checked for a couple of hours, and certainly not usually after about 7pm and before 8am.
      We try really hard to keep it up to date.

      Eve Jeffery – Echo-Echonetdaily Journalist/Photographer/Echonetdaily Editor/Comments moderator/Tea Lady

  14. Hi Liz. When you punish (inflict penalty), impoverish (make poor), or replace (substitute something in place of) , do these verbs, these actions, do they not have direct influence on a person’s psychology?
    Do they not all directly affect the mind? And not just the mind of the person initially directly affected, but of everyone in the group, in terms of their perception of and relationship to what has occured and to the person affected? And if there is a collective psychological impact, could that not then further influence or directly change the nature of a particular reality? For example, Mandy Nolan’s recent article in the Echo, which talks about when people become impoverished, they tend to also be marginalised in many ways by the greater group and by the system, in a kind of politics of containment. It is not just the poverty which keeps them at the margins of their society, prevented in fully participating due to lack of means, but also the way they are now perceived by their fellow human beings. They become the target of mistrust and hatred, not because they are a bad person, but because their circumstance is feared and hated. So they are not only kept contained at the margins of society physically by the impoverishment, they are kept contained at the margins of society psychologically by prejudice. They are treated differently, as though less worthy of decency than others, as though they should not exist at all. They are moved on constantly if homeless and actually are not left anywhere to safely be at all, which in turn affects their mental condition…? And in terms of the article here regarding today’s protest against tyranny in all it’s forms, judging by the majority of com(ments), “com” from Latin “cum” meaning “with”, so “comments” being “together with minds”, it does appear to me that the government does heavily steer people’s thinking,
    where most of the comments deride the protestors for daring to bring to light a different perspective, This directly reflects the government’s quite tyrannical stance on freedom of speech, having recently allocated a fresh nine million dollars (as per a recent article by TOTTnews) towards a censorship campaign, or in their words a “campaign against misinformation”. (?)

  15. Ida – in short, word derivation isn’t a good yardstick for measuring tyranny.

    Call me overgovernmented but I think there’s a worrying trend emerging that all ‘information’ and opinion is equal. The POTUS seems to have particular opinions about injecting bleach as a cure for COVID-19. No doubt he has a right to that opinion but, given the credulity in any population, I’d hope there’s some responsible body exercising scrutiny.


    As for the Mullumbimby Million campaign, I’d know whether or not I wanted to deride it, if I knew wtf it was.


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