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Thread: How much power do Public Health Researchers have over public policy?

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    How much power do Public Health Researchers have over public policy?

    People like Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman of Sydney University's Public Health department have some very draconian and puritanistic ideas when it comes to Public Health. But how influentual are they on public policy?

    Would politicians such as Nicola Roxon (Attorney General/former Minister for Health) and Tanya Plibersek (Minister for Health) ignore data showing that nicotine concentrations used by vapers are perfectly safe, if people such as Simon Chapman and Becky Freeman told them to?

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    Unfortunately Politics is all about skewing figures to support an outcome you think is POLITICALLY favourable ( i.e will get you votes and keep you on the gravy train ) rather than about anything regarding right or wrong .
    When Victoria shifted the Scheduling of Nicotine , I bombarded Daniel Andrews ( the then Health Minister ) with facts figures , overseas studies etc etc ,his response ... "My sources tell me its bad for you , I will act on their advice ......" It was simply so he could be seen to be doing something ... it was a total farce , and he didnt really hide it , because the political gain ( votes ) was worth far more than the truth.

    Perhaps Chapman and Freeman are different animals , but a politician pretty much looks after their own back , before the publics or their constituents
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    That is so depressing.

    ftw.

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    No reason to let it put you off tho Mav ... unless alternatives are out there in the wind , the buggers will just do whatever they like ... sometimes you get a win , but you will never get one if you dont back it up yourself ... every now and then a pollie has a guilt attack or can see how a particular scenario can lift their profile , and then something good can come out of it !
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    Apparently Abraham Lincoln said that democracy is two wolves and a lamb sitting around a fire deciding what to have for dinner.

    Baaaaahh
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    So instead of looking for reasons and what they get its better to take proper steps in their favor.

 

 

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