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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
“This is confirmation of the destruction of a world-renowned public health organisation. It is confirmation that its independence has been removed and that the government has instead created a body aimed at marginal seats and trying to ensure its re-election.
“This decision will almost certainly result in higher smoking and obesity rates – a sorry legacy for Minister Hames to leave.
“We will, unfortunately see a return to the bad old days of alcohol and fast food advertising and promotion at sporting grounds, including where children are present.
“This decision is another step taken by a government that is increasingly looking as though it is happy to be seen as anti-health.
“In his last year as Health Minister, Dr Hames has in a single blow, destroyed an internationally respected body. In its place, he has created an organisation with no other role than to help the re-election of governments.
“Unfortunately this government appears to be targeting health – the most important role a state government has.
“This is not Healthway – this is Barnett’s way.”
For further comment or to contact Dr Gannon, please call Robert Reid: 0422 553 877