TGA demands halt to Craig Kelly’s ‘seriously misleading’ text messages

TGA demands halt to Craig Kelly’s ‘seriously misleading’ text messages
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The TGA has accused Mr Kelly of breaching copyright by distributing “incomplete extracts of adverse event reports” related to the vaccines.

The extracts from the TGA website were sent out in text messages to members of the public by United Australia Party, of which Mr Kelly is the leader.

, TGA demands halt to Craig Kelly’s ‘seriously misleading’ text messages,
A screenshot from the top of a webpage run by the United Australia Party. (UAP)

“The reports are subject to copyright and the extracts distributed by the United Australia Party have removed important information about the reports and the TGA’s copyright statement,” a statement from the TGA read.

The adverse event reports state that further investigation is needed before the symptoms can be connected to the vaccine.

But the TGA claimed the extracts used by the United Australia Party “excluded this important information”.

In his response, Mr Kelly accused the TGA of defamation in their statement to the media.

He also accused them of “wasting taxpayers’ money on a frivolous copyright allegation”.

“Ultimately the frivolous copyright issue is a disgraceful diversionary tactic by the TGA,” Mr Kelly wrote in his statement.

He said the legal letter sent on behalf of the TGA “only raised an issue of an alleged copyright infringement and nothing more”.

Mr Kelly said allegations of copyright breaches will be “vigorously defended”.

, TGA demands halt to Craig Kelly’s ‘seriously misleading’ text messages,
Craig Kelly is the new leader of the United Australia Party. (Getty)

Text messages sent out by Mr Kelly linked to a webpage with a TGA letterhead at the top.

Visitors to the website would need to scroll down to the very bottom of the page to see any indication it was not run by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The very bottom of the page includes a video of Mr Kelly and a link to become a member of the United Australia Party.

, TGA demands halt to Craig Kelly’s ‘seriously misleading’ text messages,
Craig Kelly left the Liberal Party this year as he fended off accusations about coronavirus misinformation. (Alex Ellinghausen)

He had resigned from the Liberal Party earlier this year.



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