Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stating Fluoride Facts

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stating Fluoride Facts

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I WRITE to set the record straight on fluoridation following recent letters to the editor.

On March 13, 2008, State Parliament passed legislation to introduce fluoride into Queensland's water supplies.

In recognition that there are many people who, for various reasons, are stridently opposed to fluoridation, the LNP sought to amend the Water Fluoridation Bill 2008.

We moved amendments to put the issue to a referendum and for the State Government to provide a rebate scheme to assist residents wishing to buy a reverse osmosis water filter.

The Bligh Labor Government used its numbers to defeat the LNP amendments.

JOHN-PAUL LANGBROEK, Leader of the LNP and Leader of the Opposition

All communities need broadband

IN a recent television news report, Labor MP James Bidgood claimed I was "playing politics" by highlighting the fact that 12 rural communities in Mackay and the Whitsundays could miss out on Labor's promise of a broadband revolution.

Mr Bidgood knows that the Federal Labor Government promised to deliver high-speed broadband that is 100 times faster than current broadband speeds to 98 per cent of the nation's citizens at the last election. It has since broken that promise and is now only delivering to 90 per cent of Australia.

According to the government, under the 'new promise', communities with populations of 1000 or above get the high-speed broadband.

This could mean that those local communities with populations under 1000, including Bakers Creek, Farleigh, Nindaroo, Seaforth, Calen, Midge Point, Ball Bay, Haliday Bay and Hideaway Bay, Dingo Beach, Mount Julian and Shutehaven in the Whitsundays, could fall into the remaining 10 per cent of the nation that misses out on the high-speed broadband.

Instead, as a sop, they will get a satellite service that will be almost 10 times slower than what everyone else is getting.

And Mr Bidgood thinks this isn't a problem. Instead, he thinks that highlighting rural residents' concerns about being 'second-class citizens' when it comes to getting high-speed broadband is "playing politics".

Well, if anyone is truly "playing politics" it's Mr Bidgood with such a non-response on this issue. …

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