About the sugar tax...
"The British Telegraph at, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/heal...very-year.html says research published in the British Medical Journal finds that the introduction of a 10 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in Mexico, resulted in a 12 per cent reduction in sales.
The greatest reduction came in the poorest households, where monthly purchases of sweet drinks fell by 17 per cent.
Meanwhile, there was a four per cent rise in sales of untaxed drinks – mainly due to more purchases of bottled plain water."
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27-04-2016 18:27 #31
27-04-2016 18:27 #32
I know someone that switched their baby to cows milk well before 12 months because they didn't have enough for a tin of formula after they bought cigarettes.
I'm not disputing that taxes can decrease the number of smokers, sugar consumption etc., but is it going to help the people the people that probably need it most?
27-04-2016 18:27 #33
27-04-2016 18:28 #34
27-04-2016 18:31 #35
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27-04-2016 18:32 #37
As far as I'm aware, the public dentists are accessible to all children. It's the adults that require a health care card to be seen.
Wait times vary depending where you are.
27-04-2016 18:35 #38
People who get ftb can go to any dentist, the government wants to change this so people must go to a public dentist instead of being able to choose your own.
27-04-2016 18:40 #39
The sugar tax is nothing but a thinly veiled revenue raiser like the cigarette taxes. I've been a non smoker for a while now but in all the years I did, none of the govts ever provided real support to give up. And the cigarette tax has never deterred smokers, poor people just take those extra dollars from the shopping or bill money and keep smoking. This is simply another tax to bring in more dollars and naive people will back pat them for caring about people's health. People are still going to buy the same amounts of sugar it will just mean a few extra bucks per shop that goes to the govt.
As to their plans for dental. Awful awful decision. Our 'local' public dental clinic is 150km round trip, now services around 100,000 people and has almost a 2 year waiting list. What will happen is rather than just a filling, by the time the kids actually can get in, they will need an extraction. They know the public queues, like someone else said, it's about pushing people into paying themselves at private dentists.
27-04-2016 18:44 #40
This biggest thing I want from this government is to commit to the final 2 years of gonski. It's only 2 years but a lifetime investment in the future of our country. This will create a more skilled and educated Australia that is fairer. A place that invests funds at the greatest point of need.
This government needs to stop seeing gonski as a financial burden. It is a wise investment.
If they can spend $50 billion building new submarines then they can afford $30 billion to educate the future of this country.
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