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Councils Should Decide on Fluoridation Themselves_ O'Farrell _ World News _ Theguardian

Councils Should Decide on Fluoridation Themselves_ O'Farrell _ World News _ Theguardian

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Barry O'Farrell, a supporter of fluoridation, respects the rights of councils to decide for themselves. Photograph: DanHimbrechts/(AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)
NSW premier Barry O'Farrell says he does not believe the state government should takecontrol of water fluoridation from local councils, despite his condemnation of somecouncils' decision to stop it.Ballina council is the latest to debate the issue, with a vote expected on Thursday todecide whether it will join nearby Lismore and 17 Queensland councils that have votedno to fluoridation this year.The NSW health minister, Jillian Skinner, has asked her department to prepare adiscussion paper on whether the state government should take over the responsibility from individual councils. Public comment will be invited, she says.But on Thursday, O'Farrell told reporters he supported the right of councils to decidefor themselves."It's appropriate that local councils should continue making those decisions," he said.
 Australian Associated Presstheguardian.com, Thursday 22 August 2013 16.46 AEST
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The state government would not override the decision of Lismore council, which might be reversed anyway, he said.He pointed to reports that a rescission motion lodged with Lismore council by threecouncillors meant that last week's 6-4 decision could be overturned."It looks as though a stupid decision made by a council this week may well beoverturned by that same council next week," he said.O'Farrell cast doubt on claims from the opposition's health spokesman, Andrew McDonald, that he would introduce a private member's bill to put the state in charge of  water supplies."That would be the fifth private member's bill they've said they're going to introduceand so far not a single private member's bill [has been] introduced," he said.Skinner has left no doubt over her position on the value of fluoride in the state's watersupply, saying there is "clear evidence" of its benefit in oral health."What many people do not realise is the great potential for poor oral health to impactadversely on general health," she said. "Fluoridated water benefits not only theindividual but society as a whole by reducing the burden associated with avoidabledisease."Get the Guardian's daily Australia email
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