Inspired by Geoff Walsh’s 1993 ‘each way bet‘ stumble.
A well-known proponent of fluoridation meets a rookie journalist on the steps of State Parliament (Victoria). Due to the busy workload over the holiday period, the editor of the newspaper has not yet had time to brainwash the journalist and explain the protocol that, “we never question fluoridation.” A disaster unfolds. The journalist starts asking real questions, just like the old days.
JOURNALIST: Are you familiar with the principle of informed consent to treatment?
PROPONENT: Yes, of course.
JOURNALIST: So, you would agree with the numerous bioethics declarations that enshrine this as a basic human right?
PROPONENT: Yes, naturally. Australia fully supports these types of modern ethical principles.
JOURNALIST: How would you describe the process of public water fluoridation?
PROPONENT: The controlled addition of fluoride compounds to public water supplies.
JOURNALIST: For what purpose?
PROPONENT: To help fight…
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