BBC News, August 31, 2017


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A US author who bills himself as the "world's #1 anti-vaxxer" has been denied a visa to enter Australia for a speaking tour.

Kent Heckenlively had planned to visit Australia in December to call for a five-year ban on vaccinations.

Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, have repeatedly said that vaccinations are safe and vital to halting infectious diseases.

Australia gave bans to two other anti-vaccination advocates last month.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed that Mr Heckenlively would not be allowed to enter Australia, describing anti-vaccination advocates as "dangerous people".

"It is clear to me that it is not in our national interest that he should come here," Mr Dutton told local radio station 2GB. [...]

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