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Australia: Public health policy at the mercy of corporate greed

On 19-20 September, the UN General Assembly will hold a high level meeting on non-communicable diseases.

Professor Boyd Swinburn explains how the commitments that might flow from the meeting are being watered down.

He says rich countries, including Australia and New Zealand are joining forces with tobacco, food, alcohol and pharmaceutical corporations to water down draft UN statements.

For instance, an earlier draft had a clause to discourage the production and marketing of unhealthy food.  However, with the help of Australia, Canada and US, that clause is now destined to be excised from the final document.

Read the opinion piece by Professor Boyd Swinburn in SMH, 7 Sep 2011

Published on September 10, 2011 in Australian news