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Katy to bribe the schools to stop selling soft drinks

By johnboy - 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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Katy to bribe the schools to stop selling soft drinks
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DrKoresh 5:22 pm
27 Aug 12
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I can see this in primary schools and maybe high schools, but colleges? Come on. What will the stoners spend all their money on?

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poetix 5:26 pm
27 Aug 12
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I promise not to dilute my vodka. Could I have some money now?

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housebound 5:28 pm
27 Aug 12
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“water refill stations”

Also known as taps.

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Thumper 6:00 pm
27 Aug 12
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No flavoured milk!

The horror, the horror….

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chewy14 6:14 pm
27 Aug 12
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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.

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How_Canberran 6:44 pm
27 Aug 12
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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.

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bundah 6:59 pm
27 Aug 12
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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!

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Mysteryman 8:24 pm
27 Aug 12
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housebound said :

“water refill stations”

Also known as taps.

THIS. What a stupendous waste of time and money.

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Mr Evil 8:59 pm
27 Aug 12
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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????

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Cheap 9:26 pm
27 Aug 12
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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.

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joingler 9:33 pm
27 Aug 12
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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

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damien haas 9:44 pm
27 Aug 12
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I may not be a plumber, but $7500 to install a tap does seem a little high.

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c_c 10:48 pm
27 Aug 12
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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.

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DrKoresh 11:46 pm
27 Aug 12
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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).

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Thumper 8:43 am
28 Aug 12
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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.

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