Australian government lawyers DEMAND Craig Kelly stop spamming people with misleading text messages about vaccines
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration alleges Mr Kelly had breached copyright
- Its lawyers demanded he stop sending spam about adverse vaccine reactions
- The text message from Mr Kelly linked people to adverse event notifications
- Thousands of Australians had recently received unsolicited texts from Mr Kelly
Australia’s medicines regulator has accused United Australia Party leader Craig Kelly of breaching copyright and demanded he cease spamming people about adverse vaccine reactions.
Mr Kelly, who quit the Liberals over his refusal to stop spouting unfounded Covid-19 treatment claims, has engaged in a text message campaign about vaccines.
This includes a message with a link taking people to a database of adverse event notifications for coronavirus vaccines.
United Australia Party leader and MP for Hughes Craig Kelly has been accused of breaching copyright by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration
One of Mr Kelly’s unsolicited text messages (above). The TGA demanded Mr Kelly ‘stop distributing incomplete extracts of adverse event reports relating to Covid-19 vaccines which the TGA believes could be seriously misleading’
Lawyers for the Therapeutic Goods Administration have written to the MP for the Sydney seat of Hughes alleging he’s in breach of copyright.
The regulator on Wednesday demanded Mr Kelly ‘stop distributing incomplete extracts of adverse event reports relating to Covid-19 vaccines which the TGA believes could be seriously misleading’.
It alleged the extracts were taken selectively from the TGA’s database, removing important information about the reports and the regulator’s copyright statement.
The other text message many Australians received from Mr Kelly and the UAP – there is no law preventing the politician from sending the texts
‘Information on the Database of Adverse Event Notifications cannot be used to identify whether a medicine or a vaccine is safe or has caused the reported adverse event or not,’ the TGA said.
Further investigation is required before an incident can be deemed related to a vaccine, something the TGA emphasises in its database.
‘The extracts disseminated by the United Australia Party excluded this important information at the beginning of the reports as well as the statement indicating that the information is subject to copyright under Australian law,’ the TGA said.
Many Australians had randomly received text messages from the Mr Kelly and the UAP in recent weeks but while there is no law to stop politicians sending voters text messages, the alleged copyright breach identified by the TGA is a different story.