Anti-fluoridation activist Al Oshlack has vowed to fight on despite losing a court case against Rous Water to stop the authority dosing the region’s water supply with the chemical.
A spokesman for the Ballina Fluoridation Free Network (BFFN) said Rous Water recently won its appeal against an earlier court judgement favouring Mr Oshlack’s arguments in the Land and Environment Court before Judge Biscoe.
But that’s not the end of it, as Mr Oshlack says he will appeal the latest judgement by Judge Pepper which the BFFN says was on the basis of a letter from Oral Health NSW which was ‘the original point of contention’.
‘On legal advice Oshlack is appealing the Pepper judgement as legally flawed on several counts,’ the BFFN spokesperson Ilga Sleja told Echonetdaily.
‘Al Oshlack pursued this case to keep our region’s water supply safe.
‘Fluoridation and its contaminants (lead, mercury, arsenic) in the form of silcofluoride are scientifically known to be harmful, especially to vulnerable groups, especially babies.
‘Rous Water were not prepared to accept assurance of safety from a one-page letter of four references from Oral Health Strategy NSW, where it is clearly stated by the World Health Organisation that a community’s total intake of fluorides, from all sources, should be ascertained before starting fluoridation.
‘This is also verified by Australian Dental Association.
‘Rous Water councillors motioned an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), which was pushed aside by legal threats.’
The BFFN says that some councillors had reversed their vote ‘and accepted the Department of Health’s policy without an EIS’.