He was born four weeks prematurely in Bad Ischl while his mother was on holiday. His family left their home town of Vienna for Australia in 1939 following Nazi Germany‘s annexation of Austria. As his father’s grandparents were Jewish, he was also considered Jewish and at risk of being sent to concentration camps. In an interview with Adam Spencer, Nossal noted that his father was not a professing Jew but of Jewish ethnicity as he had been baptised a Roman Catholic as a child. Nossal remarked that his father “therefore thought that he would be somewhat protected from the Holocaust-type situations. Of course, he hadn’t properly read Mein Kampf. It was all spelt out there: if your four grandparents were Jewish, then you were Jewish.” He was baptised and remains a practising Roman Catholic.
When he first attended school in Australia, Nossal spoke no English but he graduated from St Aloysius’ College in 1947 as the dux of the College. In 1948, he entered the Sydney Medical School, graduating later with first-class honours. At the age of 26, he left his job in Sydney and moved to Melbourne to work with Macfarlane Burnet in medical science at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and gained his Ph.D. degree in 1960. Gustav would go on to be director of Walter and Eliza Hall from 1965 until his retirement in 1996.During those years Nossal oversaw an Experimental Vaccine Program whereby babies from various religeous run Orphanages were used as guinea pigs for “Herpes” and Polio Vaccines. Infact the same pharmaceutical company involved, GSK, injected babies in England with AIDS! In 1997 The Age Newspaper ran a front page apology by CSIRO, CSL and Walter and Eliza Hall stating that they did infact use these children as Guinea Pigs and the children were supplied by Berry St, St Josephs Babies Home Broadmeadows and other childrens homes. Sir Gustav Nossal is number 1 Patron of Berry st? To this day he gets to sit and watch over his PRIDE of Guinea Pigs whilst all along collecting data on his subjects along the way. There were an estimated 3 million vials of Polio Vaccines contaminated with the SV40 Monkey Virus that the Government swear were never used but this author thinks otherwise. In the early 70’s my brother and i were in Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. My symptoms were, Swallen Upper and Lower Lips with skin peeling upwards toward nose and downward toward my chin. I was in excruciating pain and recall the doctor telling me i had an allergic reaction to Vitamin C, Citrus? Why my brother was there i do not recall but when i requested my files through FOI i was informed by Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital that they have no record of me or my brother ever being there? I remember it like it was yesterday and as i say it was the only time we had been in hospital together.My brother had what they thought was Polio and he died aged 39 from Lung Cancer. Lung Cancer is also one of the side effects for having taken the contaminated Polio Vaccine. The News article also made mention of children from Broadmeadows Babies Home were used as part of these trials also so i thought i would do a little investigating myself and what i found was nothing short of HORRIFYING! 491 babies lay in unmarked graves out at Broadmeadows, Wil wil Rook Cemetary. How many of these babies were used for experiments we may never know but given the church often buried children in mass graves, two to four a grave, the true numbers will never be known. They wont even tell us if in fact we were used, nor will they tell anyone they know who’s on the list if they’re on the list. CLAN C.E.O has the list of names of those still alive who were used but she aint saying nothing either! So whilst the likes of Leonie Seedy, CLAN and Goosestepping Nazi sympathiser Sir Gustav Nossal, play god with our health, former state wards and forgotten australians are dying from cancer related illnesses at very young ages, 39 in my brothers case. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/10/24/1098556293576.html
Polio vaccine tested at orphanages
Photo: Neil Murray
A Federal Government agency used babies in Victorian orphanages and children’s homes to test a new quadruple antigen vaccination, which included polio vaccine possibly contaminated with a monkey virus since linked to cancer.
Commonwealth Serum Laboratory records show the trials were conducted on babies as young as three months in five institutions between December 1959 and early 1961.
Quadruple antigen, containing Salk polio vaccine, was not publicly released until November 1960.
The Age revealed on Saturday that millions of doses of Salk vaccine produced by the then government-owned CSL between 1956-62 were contaminated with a monkey virus called SV40. Researchers have found traces of the virus in a range of human cancer cells, including mesothelioma lung disease.
It is not clear from the CSL records whether polio vaccine used to produce quadruple antigen used in the tests came from contaminated batches.
Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott has ordered a departmental inquiry into CSL’s decision to release contaminated vaccines.
The National Health and Medical Research Council said it would work with federal health authorities to assess the need for more research into possible links between SV40 and cancer.
Health authorities have stressed there was no proven link between SV40 and cancer and have also reassured the public that polio vaccines still routinely given to all babies were safe and free from the virus and other known contaminants.
But a national support group for victims of contaminated medical products yesterday called for a royal commission into CSL.
“The track record of CSL demonstrates the need for a royal commission into all their operations,” said Independent Blood Council president Charles MacKenzie.
CSL research records in the National Archives show that 56 babies under the age of 12 months were used in the Victorian vaccine trials.
One baby died of meningitis in August 1960, less than three months after completing a course of three quadruple antigen injections.
The records list the names of the institutions, the names and ages of the babies, the doses given and the results of blood tests done before and after the vaccinations to measure polio antibodies.
The institutions used in the trials were St Joseph’s Home in Broadmeadows, Berry Street Foundling Home, Bethany Babies Home in Geelong, Methodist Babies Home and the Children’s Welfare Department at Turana, run by the Victorian government.
There is no indication of who gave formal consent for the babies to be used in the trials, which were carried out by CSL’s virus research department.
Further development and use of the quadruple antigen, which also provided vaccination against whooping cough, diptheria and tetanus, appeared to have been abandoned during 1962-63. Salk vaccine was replaced with Sabin oral polio vaccine by 1965.
The Age has revealed that in 1997 Victorian children’s homes and orphanages had been used by a number of medical and research organisations, including CSL, for trials of a range of experimental vaccines.
The reports led to inquiries by the state and federal health departments, which concluded there was no evidence of any other similar medical trials. Neither report referred to the quadruple antigen trials.
The State Government report, a copy of which has been obtained under freedom of information by Melbourne researcher Brenda Coughlan, found no record of the Department of Human Services providing formal consent for state wards to be used in trials.
The Age‘s revelations were examined by the Senate’s inquiry into mistreatment of state wards, which said in its report in August that it was unclear who was legally responsible for allowing the children to be used. It concluded that any long-term health effects on children used in the experiments were unknown.
The experimental use of quadruple antigen was investigated by a commission of inquiry in 2003.
Rachel David, director of public affairs at CSL, said community attitudes at the time of the quadruple antigen trials in Melbourne were very different.
She said it would have been a logical decision to trial the new vaccinations in such institutions because “lots of kids died of communicable and vaccine preventable disease” in them.