Salt Tax – Reason #479 for Steve Joyce to cut funding to the HRC

Otago University currently has an image problem, especially its Department of Public Health Troughers, based in Wellington.

Nearly every bit of research that comes out of this hotbed of academic activism is a call for some form of new tax or policy change.

The latest is Otago University?s Public Health Expert blog calling a for a salt tax. This follows calls for a fat tax and sugar tax.

Here?s what this taxpayer funded research is calling for;

  1. Mandatory 25% reduction in sodium leves in all processed foods
  2. A package of interventions similar to those in the UK
  3. Mandatory 25% reduction in sodium levels in bread, processed meats and sauces
  4. Media campaign
  5. Voluntary food labelling
  6. Dietary counselling
  7. Sinking lid on amount of food salt
  8. A salt tax

And just to reinforce that these Department of Troughers know exactly who their audience is, they say: ?

? there are many potential salt reduction interventions available to NZ policymakers if they wish to take the salt reduction path for achieving health gains and to save health sector costs.?

If Joyce is in any doubt this may be a one-off, he just needs to have a look at Otago University teaching #DirtyPolitics with its ?Mobilising for change in Public Health ? advocacy in action?, using none other than the dodgy tougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook as teaching staff.

Maybe the students will have better luck asking him where the $1.2 million actually went and why the Ministry of Health cancelled his contract.

One thing is for sure, if Shane Kawenata Bradbrook is sniffing around at the trough, there will be plenty of coin for overseas trips to exotic locations ? all paid for by someone else, i.e. the taxpayer.

It?s just another example where the HRC needs reining in. Chucking millions and millions of taxpayer dollars at the social engineering efforts of Otago University?s Department of Troughers can?t be what Steven Joyce has in mind as value enhancing.