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Water Privatisation Allows Fluoridation Choice

Libertarianz health deregulation spokesman Richard McGrath reiterated his party's opposition to traditional local government monopoly on the provision of reticulated water.

"My party would also put a stop to the deliberate pollution of town water supplies with fluoride," he said. "In fact, we would lay to rest the whole concept of a town supply, period."

"As the Green Party of England and Wales rightly pointed out last year, involuntary mass-medication is an assault on individual freedom of choice. People should be allowed to choose for themselves whether they want themselves and their children to ingest fluoride.

"The best way to provide this choice would be to privatise the sale and supply of water. Currently, ratepayers in a fluoridated area are forced to pay for fluoridation whether they want it or not."

Dr McGrath said that despite the likely benefits of fluoride, it was wrong for governments and city councils to insidiously feed it to the population at large. "I took fluoride tablets as a child, I drink fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste, but I do so because I want to. Not because some well-meaning but patronising local body politicians, such as those on the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, say I should."

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