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TGA threatens Craig Kelly with lawsuits over ‘seriously misleading’ COVID-19 texts

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TGA threatens Craig Kelly with lawsuits over ‘seriously misleading’ COVID-19 texts

The nation’s medical regulator has demanded rogue crossbencher Craig Kelly stop distributing “seriously misleading” information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Kelly, who left the Liberal Party after using untested drugs against the virus, has spammed people with text messages containing a link to what he says is the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine incident report.

Lawyers for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have written to Kelly that he accused him of copyright infringement and “demanded that he stop distributing incomplete extracts of the report … which TGA believes could be seriously misleading”.

“The TGA has acted in an attempt to ensure that the public receives accurate information about adverse incident reports,” the TGA said in a statement.

“It is alleged that extracts were selectively taken from the Database of Adverse Event Notifications on the TGA website by the United Australia Party and used by the United Australia Party in text messages to the public.

The TGA is investigating whether crime has been committed

On Monday, TGA chief John Skerritt stated that the regulator was investigating whether Kelly’s messages had been violated by law.

“We are investigating with the advice of the Australian Government’s lawyer whether an offense has been committed because it has an Australian Government logo,” he told 730.

Kelly has previously admitted that the messages can be annoying, but argued that there are worse ways to get attention.

“If people do not like a text message, they are much less intrusive than the old method of cold phone calls,” he said.

“If someone doesn’t like it, it’s just a microsecond swipe of the finger and the message is gone.”

Kelly says TGA media release ‘defamatory’

Kelly has accused the National Medical Supervisory Authority of issuing a “misleading and misleading” press release about its prosecution against him.

“The letter I have received from Maddock’s Advocates in Canberra on behalf of the TGA has only raised an issue of an alleged copyright infringement and no more,” he said.

In particular, TGA’s media release gives the false impression that the correspondence I have received from Maddocks contains a reference to the text being “seriously misleading” when the correspondence from Maddock’s Advocates does not actually refer to that point.

“Ultimately, the rogue copyright issue is a shameful diversionary tactic from TGA.”

Kelly said he would “vigorously defend” himself against allegations of copyright infringement.

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