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A policy to boost local take-aways and kill tuckshops

By johnboy - 14 September 2012 15

Chief Minister Gallagher is playing the obesity card again (everyone else’s obesity is terrible can someone else do something about it) and promising to make tuck shops less competitive but notionally healthier.

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will invest $1 million to make sure public school students have access to the highest quality canteen options.

By supporting school canteens we will upgrade canteen services in public schools and fund an online order system for parents to make healthy lunch choices for their children.

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15 Responses to
A policy to boost local take-aways and kill tuckshops
AsparagusSyndrome 2:19 am 15 Sep 12

What they really need in our schools is the good old fashioned “English School Dinner” (the pre-Thatcherite, non-outsourced-junk version). It’s the food that built empires. Corned Beef and turnips in white sauce, or bangers and mashed spud, peas, gravy and carrot, spotted dick or treacle pudding or gypsy tart for dessert. Ya cannae hand a man a grander dinner. Twenty minutes of purest pleasure. Then out for a run around with a stick and a hoop.

“If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat!!?”

Spykler 8:11 pm 14 Sep 12

SnapperJack said :

I’ve mentioned here before about kids at schools in Sydney rebelling against healthy food at school canteens and using their mobiles to order pizzas being driven in.

I remember the school canteen in the 1970s selling pies, hot dogs, Twisties, Glugs and lollies. We didn’t have a childhood obesity crisis, in fact I went on to compete in powerlifting and bodybuilding.
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I don’t think there was actually anything healthy sold at all in our tuckshop in the 70’s, add hot chips, sausage rolls, Eskimo pies and jelly snakes to your list as well..I never saw too many fat kids at my school as we were all too busy playing sport and burning it off, not glued in front of X-boxes, Playstations or PCs…

Mr Evil 7:58 pm 14 Sep 12

johnboy said :

Mr Evil said :

Katy could decree that it should be a small plastic model of each MLA, and then the kids can collect the whole set!

Oh for a sunny day and a magnifying glass.

Or firecrackers………..oh hang on a minute, they’ve been banned too haven’t they, to prevent them being thrown at fat, ugly kids.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:35 pm 14 Sep 12

fund an online order system for parents to make healthy lunch choices for their children.

What, like this? Seems to work fine already at my son’s public school.

Once the gubmint muppets get their hands on it he’ll need an australia.gov.au account and 100 points of ID before he can buy juice.

Richard Bender 7:29 pm 14 Sep 12

housebound said :

Are Labor really so out of touch?

More than a few schools already have an online ordering system for school lunches. Why fund the introduction of another one?

Because nothing strikes more fear into the heart of a government than the knowledge that somebody, somewhere is doing something by themselves without being told what to do.

LSWCHP 4:12 pm 14 Sep 12

johnboy said :

Mr Evil said :

Katy could decree that it should be a small plastic model of each MLA, and then the kids can collect the whole set!

Oh for a sunny day and a magnifying glass.

My immediate thought was hot needles and a bit of voodoo. Your idea is equally good. 🙂

dtc 2:25 pm 14 Sep 12

SnapperJack said :

We didn’t have a childhood obesity crisis, in fact I went on to compete in powerlifting and bodybuilding..

True, I’ve never seen an overweight powerlifter…

poetix 2:21 pm 14 Sep 12

They would soon remake themselves, like the T-1000 in Terminator 2. The Greens and Labor might fuse.

johnboy 12:51 pm 14 Sep 12

Mr Evil said :

Katy could decree that it should be a small plastic model of each MLA, and then the kids can collect the whole set!

Oh for a sunny day and a magnifying glass.

Mr Evil 12:48 pm 14 Sep 12

Maybe school tuck shops should start giving the kids some crappy plastic gift with every meal?

Katy could decree that it should be a small plastic model of each MLA, and then the kids can collect the whole set!

JessP 11:57 am 14 Sep 12

Err….how does it cost a lazy million to have canteens have healthier options??

SnapperJack 11:29 am 14 Sep 12

I’ve mentioned here before about kids at schools in Sydney rebelling against healthy food at school canteens and using their mobiles to order pizzas being driven in.

I remember the school canteen in the 1970s selling pies, hot dogs, Twisties, Glugs and lollies. We didn’t have a childhood obesity crisis, in fact I went on to compete in powerlifting and bodybuilding.

This is a simplistic political response to a wider social and lifestyle problem which continues to grow despite the best intentions of health and medical professionals.

p1 11:02 am 14 Sep 12

I recall Aranda Primary School Canteen in the mid eighties swapping from chocolate freckles to Carob buds. Glad they did too, otherwise we might have an obesity epidemic by now….

TheDancingDjinn 10:49 am 14 Sep 12

When i was looking at school last year for my kindy aged child, not one of the schools i seen had canteens, the school he is in now does not have one either. And when i came from Sydney to live in Canberra when i was 9 we went from having red fizzy drink and lollies in our lunches in NSW to having health food snacks and water here in Canberra, from my own experience i have found Canberra to be one of the better places for kids to grow up healthy.

housebound 10:22 am 14 Sep 12

Are Labor really so out of touch?

More than a few schools already have an online ordering system for school lunches. Why fund the introduction of another one?

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