WA Parliamentary Petition

2 November 2017

Spearheading a coordinated national action, FFWA Inc. has launched a petition seeking repeal of the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1966 (“FPWS Act”). Repeal of the FPWS Act would end the practice of water fluoridation in WA.

The petition is addressed to the WA Legislative Assembly. The target is 1,000 signatures by 1 March 2018.

During November 2017, groups and individuals in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria are launching similar petitions to the Legislative Assemblies of those States. Each petition will be tabled during March 2018.

The WA petition form is available in electronic form on the link at the bottom of the page.  As this petition requires original signatures on paper, please print and sign the petition form and send completed original forms before 1 March 2018 to the postal address stated on the form. FFWA Inc. will arrange for a MLA to be table the petition in the WA Legislative Assembly during March 2018. Thanks in advance for your support!

DOWNLOAD THE PETITION HERE: 2017-11-02 Fluoride Free WA Inc_FedSchemePetition

The WA petition draws the Legislative Assembly’s attention to the following points:

  1. The FPWS Act is legally invalid

The FPWS Act conflicts with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (“TG Act”), the Commonwealth law which regulates goods for which therapeutic claims are made (including all pharmaceuticals). Fluoridated water is “therapeutic goods” because WA Health claims that fluoridated water is for preventing dental caries. Because fluoridated water is not registered under the TG Act, Water Corporation commits offences by manufacturing and supplying “unregistered goods”.

  1. Water fluoridation does not prevent tooth decay

Children’s dental health has been tracked since the 1960s in Australia, NZ, Europe and the US. Dental health improved across the board, whether or not any population‑level fluoride treatment (water, salt or milk fluoridation) was used. Since 2000, the best dental health results are achieved in countries which do not use fluoride in public health (e.g. Denmark) and in countries where less than 10% of the population is subject to public fluoride treatment (e.g. UK).

  1. Water fluoridation is medically dangerous

Fluoride has no nutritional value and accumulates in the bones. It is toxic to the nervous system and to the kidneys. People with chronic kidney disease are especially at risk because of impaired ability to eliminate fluoride.

  1. The National Health and Medical Research Council (“NHMRC”) makes dangerous recommendations

NHMRC knows the evidence that water fluoridation is neither effective nor safe. Yet it continues to recommend water fluoridation. On 21 November 2016 the NHMRCdoubled the tolerable upper intake level for fluoride applying to small children. This amounts to the absurd claim that Australian children overnight became twice as tolerant to fluoride poisoning as American and European children. NHMRC is not to be trusted.

By reaching the target of 1,000 signatures, we will show the Legislative Assembly that many Western Australians know that water fluoridation is ineffective, unsafe and legally invalid.

Make your voice heard by signing the petition and returning the completed petition form before 1 March 2018.

DOWNLOAD THE PETITION HERE: 2017-11-02 Fluoride Free WA Inc_FedSchemePetition