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Let's get this issue sorted

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OPINION: Some bulky items, a capital gains tax, less punitive approaches to criminal justice and substantive welfare reform, seem to have been held up at the courier in Jacinda Ardern's much-vaunted year of delivery.

But if you thought transformative politics was a tough gig, spare a thought for dental surgeons around Aotearoa who find themselves in the unenviable position of operating on children barely old enough to talk.

We could be sending fewer kids to the dentist in the first place though and perhaps it's the low-hanging legislative fruit left to spoil which should be of bigger concern to Labour.

Take for example the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill, introduced by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and backed by former Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman. Its genesis was an uptick in skirmishes in The Great New Zealand Fluoride Wars (1954 – Present).

* Nats slam Government MPs over plan to host anti-fluoride group at Parliament
* Councils push for Health Ministry to take over national powers on water fluoridation
* Christchurch City Council opposes plan to give health boards fluoridation power
* Water fluoridation: DHBs to take control from councils under Govt........

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