Article – Australia to Cut Child Benefits for Families Who Don’t Vaccinate

Australia to Cut Child Benefits for Families Who Don’t Vaccinate
– Huffington Post Canada, April 2015 (link)

I have chosen this article as I feel it would provide a rich range of potential imagery to develop into a digital manipulation. The article talks about the recent decision by the Australian Labour Government to deny child benefits to parents and families who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Some major points of discussion within the article:

  • If your child does not partake in regular vaccinations, you will loose government benefits.
  • However, if you are registered with a religious group that opposes vaccinations as part of their ideology, then you are exempt and will still receive benefits.
  • This law has come about because easily preventable diseases are spreading from individuals who do not get vaccinations.

My personal opinion on this article is that children, and all individuals, should be vaccinated unless they are unable to due to things such as allergic reactions to the vaccines themselves. When you do not get vaccinated, you put the people around you at risk which is irresponsible, especially if you do not vaccinate because of “religious” of false scientific beliefs.

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