Greens leader supports skeptics and loses fight to introduce “offensive and disrespectful” changes for complementary medicines


In a major win, the Federal Government has ignored the Australian Greens and anti-complementary medicine activists like Doctor Ken Harvey, from Friends of Science in Medicine, and passed a reform package that protects traditional medicine.

The Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill, which passed Parliament on February 15, supports positive claims for complementary medicines based on traditional evidence, and abolishes the current complaints system. A move, which according to a Your Health Your Choice Senate Submission will “remove a mechanism of influence for the anti-CM lobby”.

Greens voters were shocked to learn Greens Leader and General Practitioner, Senator Dr Richard Di Natale was aligned with skeptics, whose platform is: “There is no alternative to Medicine”.

A Senate submission states: The Australian Greens concur with the concerns of stakeholders including  Friends of Science in Medicine (FOSM)…”

One of his “concerns” was that people were being “misled” by traditional claims about the effectiveness of complementary medicine. He, and the skeptics, wanted labels on complementary and traditional medicines to state: “This traditional indication is not in accordance with modern medical knowledge and there is no scientific evidence that this product is effective”.

The Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie, told Di Natale:

I think it is offensive and disrespectful to those who practice traditional medicine. Its not consistent with the World Health Organisation.

“We as a country, have endorsed the World Health Organisation position on the role of complementary medicines in the national medicines framework, and this position acknowledges that traditional medicines do have a valid function in the modern medicinal framework, she said.

“For some, particularly those using Chinese medicine, the history of practising in that traditional medicine paradigm goes back thousands of years. It’s been extensively refined, practised and documented and in many cases incorporated into mainstream medicine. So, a statement required by the Australian Government that the indication is not in accordance with modern medical knowledge and that there is no scientific evidence will be seen as arrogant and insensitive to those practising and using traditional Chinese medicines, Senator McKenzie said.

Here is what it means:

Informed choice protected

The Bill allows complementary medicines to continue to make traditional use claims (ie. what a particular complementary medicine has been traditionally used for).

For consumers, it means they’re able to continue making informed choices because complementary medicines will continue to carry claims such as “traditionally used to relieve muscle aches and pains”.

Skeptics had argued against the use of traditional claims saying it was an “endorsement of pseudoscience”. Skeptics wanted the Government to introduce mandatory disclaimers that complementary medicine products were “based on alternative health theories that have been discounted by modern medical science”.

New complaints system

As of June 30, the current Complaints Resolution Panel (CRP) which has included members of Friends of Science in Medicine and their supporters will be shut down. A Your Health Your Choice Senate submission argued by abolishing the existing Complaints Resolution Panel powerful skeptic groups would lose influence.

Australia’s medicines watchdog, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), will be responsible for a new complaints system as of July 1.

Fast-tracks approval of medical products and medical devices

The Bill allows the TGA to use the work of comparable overseas regulators in the course of making assessments.

For consumers, it can mean medical products can gain domestic market approval from the TGA in a shorter timeframe.

Tougher penalties for advertising breaches:

As part of the Bill advertisements for complementary medicines will no longer need pre-approval with tougher penalties being used as a deterrent.

In a desperate bid to try to stop the Bill high-profile skeptics such as Doctor Ken Harvey and highly influential decision makers launched a scaremongering campaign in the media claiming the change would put public safety at risk.

Ludicrous stories included claims like: “dangerous products falsely touted as cures for cancer” would be advertised on prime time TV if the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill was passed.

Anti-complimentary activist, Professor John Braithwaite was quoted as saying: “People could die in the period between the shutdown of pre-approval of advertisements and the post-marketing prosecutions replacing them”.

Advertising safeguards

The TGA says the Bill will improve consumer confidence when choosing self-selected medicines and advertising will be subject to the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission rules.


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8 thoughts on “Greens leader supports skeptics and loses fight to introduce “offensive and disrespectful” changes for complementary medicines

  1. It’s about time the Fabian Greens were voted into Limbo….. hell would be better!
    Fabianism is noted as “Creeping Communism” and Communism is Zionism so the Fabian and Zionist hat sit snugly on the Communist head.
    The Greens support the Fabian agenda and part is no private ownership…… hope you’re listening….. also open immigration, the LGBT group and Monsanto’s evil GM food for just a few chips off the old block.
    Another chip is Allopathic medicine that they claim, like their passion for mandatory vaccines, is the modern medical miracle ignoring that Homeopathic medicine has served mankind for some millennia not just two hundred years as per the modern adaption of drugs equal medicine.
    Below is a link putting some huge dents in the Greens ‘modern medical miracle’.

  2. The “greens” are the new Bolsheviks here in Oz. They are out of their gourds on depopulation and child sacrifice.

  3. Is Richard Di Natali “acting out” to attract attention ?
    Maybe Richard Di Natali is working on his own behalf to attract
    * maybe a better job.
    * with BigPharma & or Monsanto/ Bayer International.
    * maybe Di natali is putting himself out there as a cando man for corporate takers.
    * Is Richard Di Natali looking to get himself a better job in the corporate arena?
    Could be – hey.
    Is Di Natali singing “Come See About Me” to anyone & everyone.

    1. Natalia isn’t acting…. he’s for real!
      The Corporations would luv this prick as he has all the credentials that the Talmud teach including psychopathy which is a must requirement in the corporate world.

      1. I agree –
        It looks to me that Richard Di Natalia is actively seeking to upgrade his career.
        Will he ditch the Greens if BigPharma or Monsanto/Bayer were to offer him a job?
        Can he juggle both positions?
        Probably not & a real job with a six figure salary is ever so much more desirable.

        Hola Gus,
        Hombre, when did you get back from ‘your holiday in Spain’?
        Lucky guy – all tanned & well fed on chili dogs I bet.

        Acting & acting out have a different meaning – I think?
        Performing to attract potential & lucrative employment – how’s that.
        I don’t know a single thing about his “personal junk/equipment” & who might love it or not – sorry dude.

  4. My apple tree has no apples this year.
    It’s almost time for me to leave here.
    I feel quite sad – strange but true.

  5. What’s that you say?
    “There are no chili dogs in Spain”
    You went to America instead?
    Chili dog is a generic name for a hot dog – do they mean frankfurters?
    Paella is what you ate in Spain – not chili dogs.
    Rice & seafood – prawns, mussels, clams, scallops, chicken even.
    Gosh – what was I eating when you were feasting – half your luck.

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