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Academics and government spar over sugar tax


It sure is a sticky issue: in the wake of two recent reports advocating for the imposition of a sugar tax, Liberal frontbenchers have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed levy. At a doorstop interview in Tasmania on Tuesday 21 ...

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Children fed too many junk food ads on TV


The food industry is failing to self-regulate junk food ads marketed at children, according to a new report. New analysis conducted by Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney shows children are still being exposed to too many unhealthy ...

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No Jab, No Pay unproductive: paper


“We’re extremely strong advocates for vaccination … and we both recognise that vaccine rejection is an ongoing problem in Australia … and there’s actually very limited evidence on the best way to address vaccine rejection.” Dr Margie Danchin of the ...

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Expert sounds off over phonics test


Whether kids, parents or teachers like it or not, phonics tests will be introduced for year one students. Nationwide. Education minster Simon Birmingham considers them essential to detect reading difficulties early on. In an interview with Sky News in late ...

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Piccoli needed to go, expert says

Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli.

An education academic has argued that Adrian Piccoli “needed to go” from the NSW education portfolio, following newly minted premier Gladys Berejiklian’s cabinet reshuffle. Piccoli, a NSW Nationals MP, was replaced with Rob Stokes, who previously sat in the planning ...

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Kids a priority for lobby against alcohol abuse


“Nothing good happens after midnight.” Michael Thorn, chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), drops this aphorism in a conversation about lockout laws. The erosion of lockout laws, and how it affects the wellbeing of children, ...

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