Katy to bribe the schools to stop selling soft drinks

By 27 August, 2012 40

Katy Gallagher is promising to offer schools a teeny weeny little bribe in exchange for giving up the ongoing revenues of selling soft drinks to their students:

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will establish a $500,000 fund
to install water bottle refill stations and supply reusable drink bottles to any school that agrees to end the sale of sugary drinks in their school.

Our aim is to completely phase out sugary drinks in ACT primary schools within five years and improve the health of all children.

Government and non-government schools, whether it be primary school, high school or college will be eligible to apply for funding of up to $15,000 to install up to 2 water refill stations and supply re-usable water bottles for each student.

The aim is to phase out the sale of all sugary drinks (like soft drinks, flavoured milk, juices and slushies) in all primary schools by the end of 2017.

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40 Responses to Katy to bribe the schools to stop selling soft drinks
#1
DrKoresh5:22 pm, 27 Aug 12

I can see this in primary schools and maybe high schools, but colleges? Come on. What will the stoners spend all their money on?

#2
poetix5:26 pm, 27 Aug 12

I promise not to dilute my vodka. Could I have some money now?

#3
housebound5:28 pm, 27 Aug 12

“water refill stations”

Also known as taps.

#4
Thumper6:00 pm, 27 Aug 12

No flavoured milk!

The horror, the horror….

#5
chewy146:14 pm, 27 Aug 12

Pfft,
What a silly policy.

If they really want to make a difference, they should weigh every child and base extra funding and teacher bonuses on the percentage of obese children in each class. It will make PE classes extra fun for those lazy fatties.

#6
How_Canberran6:44 pm, 27 Aug 12

Katy, Katy, Katy. Your cringe-worthy initiative makes me reminisce for my primary school lunches of the 60′s. Oh for that pie with sauce, a can of Coke and fresh cream bun.

Funny, we didn’t have to trade off anything for our water ‘bubblers’ back then!

And while I’m at it, bring back Empire Day!

How Canberran.

#7
bundah6:59 pm, 27 Aug 12

This is somewhat of a band aid fix given that the obesity problem stems from poor parenting.While one may not be able to acquire sugary drinks at school they’ll get plenty at home!

#8
Mysteryman8:24 pm, 27 Aug 12

housebound said :

“water refill stations”

Also known as taps.

THIS. What a stupendous waste of time and money.

#9
Mr Evil8:59 pm, 27 Aug 12

So, if schools are being told that they have to be weened off fizzy drink revenue, when is Labor going to ween itself off poker machine revenue????

#10
Cheap9:26 pm, 27 Aug 12

Flavoured milk shouldn’t be lumped with coca cola, it actually has some nutritious content. I was raised on that stuff, and I turned out healthy. Bloody wowsers.

#11
joingler9:33 pm, 27 Aug 12

Not so bad a policy as long as it is done right.

The ‘bottle refill stations’ can be installed much cheaper as a tap. If they do want to get fancy, why not pay for a fridge with a water filter inside for each year group? It’ll be cheaper than $15K per school and the kids could use it to keep their food in. They could also be used for cooking classes. Power bills may go up but wouldn’t be too significant.They could be turned off over weekends and school holidays.

Once a kid gets to college, they should be able to choose freely. Despite what most of society thinks, they are capable of looking after themselves

#12
damien haas9:44 pm, 27 Aug 12

I may not be a plumber, but $7500 to install a tap does seem a little high.

#13
c_c10:48 pm, 27 Aug 12

damien haas said :

I may not be a plumber, but $7500 to install a tap does seem a little high.

I am guessing (though I have no definite information) that these chill the water and may also filter it (to avoid the common issues like legionaries). For that price I would certainly expect it. If it’s just spitting out warm, chlorine tasting tap water in the middle of summer – pass.

#14
DrKoresh11:46 pm, 27 Aug 12

joingler said :

Once a kid gets to college, they should be able to choose freely. Despite what most of society thinks, they are capable of looking after themselves

Not to mention most of the students would probably just go off campus to get their hit of junk(food).

#15
Thumper8:43 am, 28 Aug 12

I don’t have a problem with this. Good initiative really. God knows there’s way too many lard arses sitting around saying, “bring me Solo and the Wookie ah ah ah….”

However bribing the schools? Katy should simply give a directive to the govie schools.

The indies and catholic schools may simply tag along if the govies are doing it.

#16
shauno8:53 am, 28 Aug 12

Katy heres an old idea that worked well in the past. Its called a bubbler.

#17
Henry829:05 am, 28 Aug 12

You don’t need reusable bottles. Just install bubblers around the place that actually work… that don’t dribble out water.

#18
johnboy9:11 am, 28 Aug 12

Bubblers need maintenance which is a black flag to government wary of ongoing costs.

Water bottles however need constant replacement and can be a revenue stream. Yippee.

#19
Thumper9:13 am, 28 Aug 12

johnboy said :

Bubblers need maintenance which is a black flag to government wary of ongoing costs.

Water bottles however need constant replacement and can be a revenue stream. Yippee.

Pathetic. Is this what government has become?

If so, time to go back to the feds.

#20
Henry829:28 am, 28 Aug 12

johnboy said :

Water bottles however need constant replacement and can be a revenue stream. Yippee.

Maybe we can get coca-cola to sponsor the schools to provide branded bottles. win win

#21
Chop7110:25 am, 28 Aug 12

A labor “shush’ie” fund :) , poor kiddies paying $15k for 2 taps.:(

#22
rosscoact10:54 am, 28 Aug 12

Great idea.

Stop supporting the provision of sugar to children through the school system by providing an alternative that people want.

If you ignore what people want i.e. cold filtered water delivered in an hygenic way (didn’t we just have a thread about urine in bubblers?) by saying use a tap, what chance have we of changing behaviour?

Government has an obligation to the community to do the right thing and not actively adding to obesity is the right thing to do.

#23
colourful sydney rac11:13 am, 28 Aug 12

rosscoact said :

Great idea.

Stop supporting the provision of sugar to children through the school system by providing an alternative that people want.

If you ignore what people want i.e. cold filtered water delivered in an hygenic way (didn’t we just have a thread about urine in bubblers?) by saying use a tap, what chance have we of changing behaviour?

Government has an obligation to the community to do the right thing and not actively adding to obesity is the right thing to do.

+1

#24
cmdwedge11:29 am, 28 Aug 12

I wonder if the Human Rights Commissioner will have something to say? She was a bit uppity about those shops refusing to serve high school kids during school hours – http://the-riotact.com/liberals-to-strip-discrimination-protection-to-target-waggers-with-poll/55167

Apparently not serving kids wagging school was breaching their ‘human rights’. Surely stopping kids from having a choice about what they drink during school hours is also a breach of the same rights?

#25
Chop7111:33 am, 28 Aug 12

Mr Evil said :

So, if schools are being told that they have to be weened off fizzy drink revenue, when is Labor going to ween itself off poker machine revenue????

never!!! they need the punters to fund the machine.

#26
joingler11:56 am, 28 Aug 12

cmdwedge said :

I wonder if the Human Rights Commissioner will have something to say? She was a bit uppity about those shops refusing to serve high school kids during school hours – http://the-riotact.com/liberals-to-strip-discrimination-protection-to-target-waggers-with-poll/55167

Apparently not serving kids wagging school was breaching their ‘human rights’. Surely stopping kids from having a choice about what they drink during school hours is also a breach of the same rights?

They can have a choice. Cold filtered water, (healthier) fruit juices, smoothies.

Subway aren’t breaching your human right if you go in there and they don’t offer a Big Mac on the menu. This is no different.

#27
Gerry-Built12:36 pm, 28 Aug 12

chewy14 said :

Pfft,
If they really want to make a difference, they should weigh every child and base extra funding and teacher bonuses on the percentage of obese children in each class.

Do you honestly believe teachers are responsible for kids presented before them being fat? In ANY way? We have several students turn up to school with their energy drinks in hand.

johnboy said :

Bubblers need maintenance which is a black flag to government wary of ongoing costs.

The damage that bubblers receive at schools is staggering. At a High School I worked at, all but a handful of the bubblers were damaged one weekend, several years ago. They have, to date, never been fixed or replaced – the school simply cannot afford them (along with many other aspects of the school environment). Bubblers are not cheap tap fittings, either.

Clearly, a water-bottle filling station would be more than “a tap” – probably having chiller and filter facilities. But there is one more thing schools will be responsible for maintaining within their school based management funding.

Honestly, I don’t see the problem with kids having access to “sugary drinks” as a treat at school; the big problem for “the fatties” is the unhealthy lifestyle and attitudes promoted at home – and NOTHING schools do will ever rectify a lifetime of poor parenting practices.

#28
colourful sydney rac1:58 pm, 28 Aug 12

johnboy said :

Bubblers need maintenance which is a black flag to government wary of ongoing costs.

Water bottles however need constant replacement and can be a revenue stream. Yippee.

surely these are plumbed rather than reliant on bottles????Surely….

#29
johnboy2:10 pm, 28 Aug 12

We’re talking about kids. How many lost bottles will need replacing every day?

Especially in the new weakling culture where no living being can endure without a swing on the water bottle every five seconds.

#30
colourful sydney rac2:20 pm, 28 Aug 12

johnboy said :

We’re talking about kids. How many lost bottles will need replacing every day?

Especially in the new weakling culture where no living being can endure without a swing on the water bottle every five seconds.

ah. I would assume that there would be one given out and then they would have to replace it if lost?

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