Brisbane MPs call on APN Outdoor to remove anti-vaccination billboard

Brisbane state MPs, Bart Mellish and Stirling Hinchliffe, have asked APN Outdoor, Ad Standards and the federal minister for communications to remove a billboard which warns people against child vaccination.

The billboard features a young child standing next to the words “vaccinated or unvaccinated, who is healthier?” with the Australian Vaccination-risks Network website directly below.

Posting to Facebook, Mellish, the state member for Aspley, and Hinchliffe, who represents the seat of Sandgate, pushed the message that “everyone is entitled to their own opinion but you’re not entitled to your own facts”.

Standing outside the billboard, Mellish says: “This billboard has got to go”.

“We are calling on APN and all the relevant authorities to do whatever they can to get this billboard down, we have heard from the community and that’s what we want to see happen.”

APN Outdoor’s anti-vaccination billboard received backlash from the community and parliament members as the advertisement came four months after the outdoor company decided not to run Aboriginal Victoria’s Deadly Questions campaign.

A spokesperson from APN Outdoor, said in a statement to Mumbrella: “The Outdoor Media Association advised APN Outdoor that the advertisement was unlikely to breach any of the sections of the AANA Code of Ethics.”

When the billboard was first released APN Outdoor said in a statement to Mumbrella: “The ad in question is running on one billboard. The Outdoor Media Association advised us there were no issues with the ad.”

The APN Outdoor billboard


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