Council says no to fluoride referendum

Lismore City Council has cemented its support for fluoridation, voting against a referendum at its meeting on Tuesday night.

The referendum was voted down 8/4 (Crs Irwin, Ekins, Dowell and Chant for), with Cr Barry Crimmins doing a backflip since the June vote when Council first gave its in-principle support. At that meeting he voted in support of a referendum and against fluoridation.

It was a majority decision at the last Council meeting and you cant win all the time when a majority votes for something you should move on, Cr Crimmins said. I also came to the conclusion that pro-fluoride arguments have more credibility virtually every health organisation in Australia supports fluoridation. Im convinced now that its good for the community.

Meanwhile Cr John Chant, who previously abstained from the referendum vote, this time spoke in favour of the referendum, saying the community was so divided over the issue that they should be given the freedom to decide for themselves.

Cr Ros Irwin, one of the councillors who put forward the motion for a referendum, said despite the lack of support on Council the fight was far from over.

This issue is coming back to Council in three months time and then another three months time... because I will bring it back, she said. Parents and not councillors should be making the decision.

Ballina Council, which also gave in-principle support for fluoridation at its last meeting, will debate a rescission motion put forward by Crs David Wright, John Felsch and Margaret Howes when it meets again on July 27.

Meanwhile, opponents of fluoride are meeting tonight (Thursday, July 13) at the Lismore Workers Club from 6.30pm to discuss further action.


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