Senate candidate Barry Du Bois follows anti-vaxxer, Covid conspiracy Instagram accounts


TV host Barry Du Bois has responded to questions about his prior social media activity, just a day after he announced he was running for an independent seat in the Senate.

Du Bois, 60, follows a string of Instagram accounts that spread conspiracy theories about vaccines and Covid-19, but he clarified on Monday he only follows them to better understand the views of other Australians on the supposed ‘vaccine debate’.

The father of two, who hosts Channel 10 lifestyle show The Living Room, has vowed to fight for ‘everyday Australians’ in his campaign for the upcoming federal election.

TV host Barry Du Bois has responded to questions about his prior social media activity, just a day after he announced he was running for an independent seat in the Senate 

Du Bois, who has beaten cancer twice thanks to Australia’s world-class medical system, follows pages run by anti-vaxxers, Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters.

When contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia on Monday, Du Bois responded with a 369-word statement explaining he was following them so he could ‘understand both sides’ of the debate.

Among the accounts followed by Du Bois is ‘Reignite Democracy Australia’, a Melbourne-based advocacy group that opposes mask wearing, lockdowns, mandatory testing and Covid vaccinations.

Du Bois, 60, who has beaten cancer twice thanks to Australia's world-class medical system, follows pages run by anti-vaxxers, Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters. Among the accounts followed by Du Bois is 'Reignite Democracy Australia', a Melbourne-based advocacy group that opposes mask wearing, lockdowns, mandatory testing and Covid vaccinations

Du Bois, 60, who has beaten cancer twice thanks to Australia’s world-class medical system, follows pages run by anti-vaxxers, Covid-deniers and lockdown protesters. Among the accounts followed by Du Bois is ‘Reignite Democracy Australia’, a Melbourne-based advocacy group that opposes mask wearing, lockdowns, mandatory testing and Covid vaccinations

The former builder also follows a page called 'Gardasil Girls', which spreads misinformation about the Covid vaccine as well as the life-saving HPV vaccine which prevents around 90 per cent of cervical cancers

The former builder also follows a page called ‘Gardasil Girls’, which spreads misinformation about the Covid vaccine as well as the life-saving HPV vaccine which prevents around 90 per cent of cervical cancers 

Du Bois follows a similar account called 'The People's Press', which claims to 'fight the mainstream media' by spreading Covid misinformation. The page also advocates false QAnon conspiracy theories about politicians and warns of 'convicted pedophile Freemasons'

Du Bois follows a similar account called ‘The People’s Press’, which claims to ‘fight the mainstream media’ by spreading Covid misinformation. The page also advocates false QAnon conspiracy theories about politicians and warns of ‘convicted pedophile Freemasons’ 

Du Bois follows a page called 'Science_cited' which seeks to discredit 'mainstream views' about diseases, including Covid-19, and life-saving vaccines

Du Bois follows a page called ‘Science_cited’ which seeks to discredit ‘mainstream views’ about diseases, including Covid-19, and life-saving vaccines 

The account, run by 2017 Australian Survivor contestant Monica Smit, also promoted the shameful anti-lockdown protests that took place in various cities over the weekend, describing the events as a ‘turning point for Australia’. 

Du Bois follows a similar account called ‘The People’s Press’, which claims to ‘fight the mainstream media’ by spreading Covid misinformation. 

The page also advocates false QAnon conspiracy theories about politicians, warning its followers not to take orders from ‘convicted pedophile Freemasons’.

Barry Du Bois’ statement in full

In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia on Monday, Du Bois said: 

Bottom line – I put my faith in proven medical science and I take the advice of experts in their field. It’s thanks to great medical and scientific innovations that we’ve advanced in the world.

‘I also believe that the smartest and fairest way to be a cohesive community is to know what my fellow Aussies are feeling and thinking. This means being willing to have open and transparent conversations with everyone – no matter if their backgrounds or beliefs are different to mine. Because if we’re not willing to listen to each other, how can we ever have a hope of creating a country where we can all thrive and prosper?

‘Just like I would if I was chatting to someone I’d just met at a café or a pub, on social media I interact with people from all walks of life so that I can gain understanding of where they’re coming from. When you ignore others, you only create a fractured war of ‘us against them’.

‘There’s a divide in our community right now because career politicians have tried to politicise community health messages. And these mixed messages have really confused and scared a lot of people. If someone has a question about science or pharmaceuticals they should feel free to ask any question, and be answered in a way that will dispel their fear or at least leave them feeling that their concerns have been understood.

‘If we engage in meaningful conversation and show empathy we are more likely to have a more cohesive community that cares for each other, not hates each other and this is just one of the reasons that I am running for Senate in the next federal election.

‘The seven pillars that I’d like the laws of this country to be viewed through before they’re passed are environment, commerce, culture, education, health, cohesion, and transparency. And when it comes to health, proven medical science is the best chance we have, while treating individuals on a case by case basis. Our medical and health care must be accessible to all, regardless of wealth, location, age or condition. We’re a rich country compared to most, and it’s time that everyone is looked after equally.’

The former builder also follows a page called ‘Gardasil Girls’, which spreads misinformation about the Covid vaccine as well as the life-saving HPV vaccine which prevents around 90 per cent of cervical cancers.  

The views expressed by these accounts appear to contradict Du Bois’ own political manifesto, which highlights the importance of evidence-based medicine.

‘Medical care, health and medicines must be accessible to all regardless of wealth, location, age or condition,’ Du Bois’ official manifesto states.  

'Reignite Democracy Australia', an Instagram account followed by Du Bois, posted this anti-mask meme over the weekend

‘Reignite Democracy Australia’, an Instagram account followed by Du Bois, posted this anti-mask meme over the weekend 

Du Bois (pictured with his children, Arabella and Bennett) announced on Sunday  he was running for federal parliament

Du Bois (pictured with his children, Arabella and Bennett) announced on Sunday  he was running for federal parliament

‘We’re a rich country compared to most. We need to do better,’ it continues.  

It comes after Du Bois shared his political aspirations in an Instagram post on Sunday.

‘Team Baz. I’m super proud to announce one of the most important challenges I’ve ever taken on,’ he began.  

Announcing the news via Instagram, the father of two uploaded a promotional video for his campaign alongside a lengthy caption outlining his political aspirations

Announcing the news via Instagram, the father of two uploaded a promotional video for his campaign alongside a lengthy caption outlining his political aspirations

‘This new chapter of my life means so much to me. You guys have supported me through the best and the worst of the last decade of my life, I hope to have you on board.’

Du Bois, who is living with an incurable form of cancer, told The Sunday Telegraph he’d been ‘dabbling with the thought of politics for a while’. 

‘It is an impossible task but I have taken on other ­impossible tasks, especially with health, and won. I have a short amount of time to do a lot,’ he said. 

Du Bois, who is living with an incurable form of cancer, told The Sunday Telegraph he'd been 'dabbling with the thought of politics for a while'

Du Bois, who is living with an incurable form of cancer, told The Sunday Telegraph he’d been ‘dabbling with the thought of politics for a while’ 

Du Bois explained he’d previously knocked back offers from both the Labor and Liberal parties in order to run as an independent for ‘for safe seats’.

‘I am not interested in that because three years ago they gave me five years to live. That is not my sentence, I will be here as long as it takes to do what I have to do,’ he said.

Barry has a 10-year plan for his political career, and hopes to keep the government honest during his time in office.

Du Bois has a 10-year plan for his political career, and hopes to keep the government honest during his time in office

Du Bois has a 10-year plan for his political career, and hopes to keep the government honest during his time in office

In a press release, the Channel 10 personality explained he wanted to fight for everyday Australians, not just the rich and powerful.  

‘For too long, politicians have used complicated language to hide the fact not everyone’s been getting a fair go,’ he said. 

‘We’ve all being let down by a system where deals are done behind closed doors and where big corporations and the lobbyists have all the power.

‘My promise is to be the voice for the everyday citizen. I will look at every bit of legislation through their eyes, to evaluate how it will personally affect them, their family and the Australia that’s going to be left behind for their kids.’ 

New chapter: Du Bois began his career as a builder, before finding fame on Channel 10 lifestyle program The Living Room. Pictured with Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown and Miguel Maestre

New chapter: Du Bois began his career as a builder, before finding fame on Channel 10 lifestyle program The Living Room. Pictured with Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown and Miguel Maestre 

Du Bois was diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow (plasmacytoma myeloma) in 2011, after experiencing chronic neck pain.

He underwent surgery and radiotherapy, which was successful. However, the cancer returned as a multiple myeloma in 2017, requiring him to undergo chemotherapy. 

His cancer is not curable.

‘None of us know how long we’ve got left here. That’s why I’m going to use whatever time I have left to make a big difference. It’s for my kids. It’s for your kids. And it’s for Australia,’ Du Bois said. 

Health battle: Du Bois was diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow (plasmacytoma myeloma) in 2011. He underwent surgery and radiotherapy, which was successful. However, the cancer returned as a multiple myeloma in 2017, requiring him to undergo chemotherapy

Health battle: Du Bois was diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow (plasmacytoma myeloma) in 2011. He underwent surgery and radiotherapy, which was successful. However, the cancer returned as a multiple myeloma in 2017, requiring him to undergo chemotherapy



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