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teeth in decay
A NATIONWIDE survey of 32,000 schoolchildren will try to
determine why Australian kids have such poor teeth despite
the billions of dollars spent on dental health in the past decade.
These are also the kids of the so-called Fluoride Generation, for
whom fluoridated water supplies are the norm and fillings are
supposed to be a thing of the past.
The research, led by an Adelaide University team from
the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health Read more
Nixon ban order against teen
BANNED AFL manager
Ricky Nixon has reportedly
taken out an intervention
order to prevent the so-called
“St Kilda schoolgirl” from
According to The Age, the
is also considering moving
overseas to... Read more
Crime costs $15b
STEPHEN JOHNSON : AAP
ORGANISED crime costs
the economy $15 billion a
year because Australians are
among the world’s biggest
users of illegal party drugs, a
new report says.
Underworld activity could
fund a... Read more
RAH power bill claim
THE South Australian taxpayer will foot the bill for
power costs at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, not
the private SA Health Partnership consortium that
will run the institution.
The Australian reports today that it has sighted a
confidential document from consortium partner
Macquarie Capital Group telling potential investors that power
costs will be the responsibility of the state government.
Health Minister John Hill said this morning... Read more
Plea to build new subs
AN URGENT start must be made to build the
next generation of Australian submarines or
risk a gap in maritime defences, according to a
defence anaylst quoted in the Sydney Morning
Andrew Davies, of the Australian Strategic
Policy Institute, is reported as saying “time is already running out”
to design and build 12 new long-range submarines to replace the
Collins fleet in about 15 years.
Read Dan Oakes story in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The oral health of Australian children is a major public health problem.
Photo: Milan Jurek/Adelaide University
right to cheap
But fresh food isn’t.
On Monday the 28 March, Federal Parliament decreed
that everyone should be charged the same amount for
access to the internet via the National Broadband Network
regardless of location. Fair enough, the Feds see it as one
of the modern‘staple necessities of life’ like air, water
Your elected State politicians have a slightly di
eren t vi ew.
While they appear happy that there is a subsidy to access
Facebook and Youtube or other questionable sites*, we
in remote areas of South Australia can only think that our
State Government believes that electricity is a luxury.
ould they justify immediate
reases of up to 125% in some regional
Sure, average households may only have to cope with a
hike of 10% to keep a fridge and air conditioner running.
But how are local supermarkets going to survive without
passing their increase of 120% to customers?That is an
estimated increase of $10,000 per month that must be
added to the price of bread, milk and meat. The only
alternative would be to remove the income from the
families who shop there by laying o
. These are
small communities. This will significantly hurt our towns.
And then there is the other luxury.
ity for desalination up 118%!
Most remote outback communities rely on desalination...
and that is powered by... yes, electricity. In Coober Pedy
for example, the cost of water must rise dramatically to
cover an expected increase of $19,000 per month in power
charges... a 118% increase. The same people who no longer
have a job at the local supermarket, hotel or bakers, will
now pay more f or water.
Yes. It is more expensive to generate power in areas not
connected to the grid. But currently South Australians
subsidise this at $3.34 per person, per year. Compare this
to $53.16 inWestern Australia and $55.57 in Queensland.
So our request to raise this subsidy by
$1 is trifling small
Minister O’Brien points out that “Given the difficult
State budget position, the tari
increases will have to
be implemented”. Yet the State purse can still find nearly
$1million to buy prisoners new flat screenTVs or $.5 million
to refit the Minister forTransport’s office!
These increases will cost precious jobs in remote
communities. Viable businesses will go bankrupt.
The valuable Outback tourism industry will collapse...
And while the cost of the internet might be subsidised,
who will have the money to run a computer to receive
Mr Rann’s self-congratulatoryTwitters!
Authorised byYanni Athanasiadis, Coober Pedy Retail, Business and Tourism Association, PO Box 76, Coober Pedy, SA 5723.
*We only mention pornography to get your attention. But statistics
show that‘porn’ was one of the most searched word on the internet
with 56% of male respondents admitting they accessed ‘porn’ on the
internetin the last week.
Outback power protest
OUTBACK SA businesses have
launched an aggressive ad
campaign aimed at the Rann
government as electricity prices
125 per cent on May 1.
An average household in the
affected regions will be slugged
an extra 10 per cent but local
supermarkets will be forced to
raise prices to cover a 120 per
cent increase, or an average of
$10,000 a month.
The advertisements will
be placed in newspapers
covering all 13 Outback
regional towns, The
Advertiser as well as Adelaide
radio stations. Read more
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