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Sugar Tax Could Bring in Millions in Revenue

cokeIn addition to saving thousands of lives, a 20 per cent tax on sugared beverages such as the one we’ve seen implemented in The UK, could raise at least $400 million a year, according to a study.

The research conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health and the Obesity Coalition is the first of its kind to model Australian population data to assess the impact of a sugary drinks tax.

In the first 25 years of a sugar drinks 20 per cent tax, there would be 16,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes. There would also be fewer cases of heart diseases and stroke.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/sugar-tax-could-save-1600-lives-raise-400-million-australian-research-shows-20160413-go5mgh.html#ixzz467ZBqS4l 

Importance of Transparency in Judicial Appointments

flagsI recently read an interesting article about the importance of transparency in judicial appointments.

The article highlighted the death of Antonin Scalia, a leading conservative Justice of the US Supreme Court and the fierce debate surrounding his replacement.

Scalia was chosen by Ronald Reagan in 1986 and one of the vital powers of the US President is deciding on a judge for the court.

The situation is different in Australia, but transparency is the key element that should be common in both countries. Read more about the debate at http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3829282/transparency-vital-in-judicial-appointments/