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NSW Labor Moves to End the Anti-fluoride 'Circus' _ World News _ Theguardian

NSW Labor Moves to End the Anti-fluoride 'Circus' _ World News _ Theguardian

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Australia's NSW Labor seeks to pass fluoridation legislation to contaminate water.
Australia's NSW Labor seeks to pass fluoridation legislation to contaminate water.

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Labor health spokesman Andrew McDonald believes fluoride is one of the most cost-effective health interventions.Photograph: Alamy 
The New South Wales opposition has tabled legislation it says would end the "anti-fluoridation circus" by forcing local authorities to add fluoride to water supplies.NSW Labor's bill, which would take away local authorities' veto over fluoride, follows aseries of decisions to ban the substance.This week, Lismore council voted to reverse a ban on fluoride after a heated publicmeeting at which an anti-fluoride protester threatened NSW's chief medical officer DrKerry Chant, saying: "I have friends in Syria, do you know of sarin gas?"Opposition health spokesman Andrew McDonald said fluoride, which is widely backed by scientists as a safe way to protect teeth, was "one of the most cost-effective healthinterventions ever used".
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theguardian.com, Thursday 12 September 2013 18.07 AEST
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However, there are about 300,000 people in NSW who do not have access tofluoridated water."Every day without fluoride puts a child at risk of preventable dental decay," McDonaldtold the NSW parliament. "It's time for the NSW government to step in and take control.For many of these children the damage has already been done. It's time for thisanti-fluoridation circus to end."The NSW government said it would consider the bill and stressed it was committed toimproving dental health in the state.The NSW health minister, Jillian Skinner, told Guardian Australia in a statement: "Iremain in talks with NSW Health regarding options to increase fluoridation of water inNSW."I will raise the issue in cabinet on Monday, when the opposition bill will also bediscussed."
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