29 Nov 2012

Australia - Council wins fluoride struggle

AFTER years of ups and downs Bundaberg Regional Council was finally claiming a win in its battle against the forced fluoridation of its water. In legislation before the State Parliament last night, the decision on whether to fluoridate or not was handed back to local governments. Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said he was "absolutely ecstatic" at the move. "As an MP I've fought for this before the election and for the past eight months," he said. "I feel glad that we're delivering for the Bundaberg and Burnett electorates." Mr Bennett said the State Government had taken on board the views of the community and the amendments to the Water Fluoridation Act 2008 would promote local level decision making. Hopefully local councils here will gain control in April and they will use it by saying no to fluoridation.

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