abbottville, joyville and the EPO factory...
The list of sponsors for Carers Australia makes interesting reading... and could create conflict of interests for any politician pedalling for one of its star events, Pollie Pedal. This could include catholic pollies, considering one of the sponsors is the Church of the Latter-Day Saints.
There would be considerable conflict of interests for politicians being seen to support some sponsors — especially pharmaceuticals, firms that do greatly influence the cost of Medicare via the cost of medicines — in a charitable event, specially for Abbott who passed the cost of his "charitable" involvement back to the government. This is unacceptable.
This shows that POLLIE PEDAL has only been a platform for Abbott to show off his POLITICAL muscles (and his ugly budgies), rather than be truly charitable like we "all" are (even if we are stingy). Even if donations are tax deductible we don't get the government to pay for our expenses... If Pollie Pedal was a truly charitable exercise, Abbott WOULD NOT MAKE THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR HIS EXPENSES of this event, nor any expenses of other events, in which he boosted his "notoriety" without costs to himself, apart for a bit of sweat... and hopefully a flat tyre.
Thus the saga of Nashville — sorry, I mean of the Abbottville and the Joyville association (Abbott and Cadbury via Senator Nash) — where a chocolate factory is earmarked to get 15 millions bux from the Abbott regime should Abbott win the elections, as he did so win (supported by the vile sponsorship of Mr Murdoch as well) — is a pretty straight forward case of political chocolate fudge.
Abbott also recently revealed – albeit very reluctantly – that assistant health minister Senator Fiona Nash’s ex-chief of staff, Alastair Furnival [seen] with Abbott and Eric Abetz at the Cadbury plant in August 2013, just happened to be acting on behalf of Cadbury as an ‘economist’ while Abbott was negotiating with them just prior to the election and, indeed, was himself lobbying for funds from the Government for the company.
Which is strange, as he [Alastair Furnival] was also then listed as a director of Australian Public Affairs: a lobby group that ACTED on behalf of several companies, including Mondelez and its subsidiary, Cadbury. At the time, he was also working as a political consultant. My bet is with and in the office of Senator Fiona Nash.
Furnival hit the media radar recently when it was discovered that he, acting as chief of staff for Senator Nash, shut down a website that promoted healthy eating the same day a person from a powerful food lobby – Gary Dawson from the Australian Food and Grocery Council – called the office to ‘complain’ that the website was active and live.
The media has work to do. Just when did Gary Dawson contact Senator Nash’s office?
According to Dawson, he called that day...
Now, we need THAT website to be revisited to see what was wrong with it...
But even Google did not seem to get a grip on it... Usually Google manages to hold in its virtual web bank images of "former" websites or pages that have been removed... It's quite uncanny. I know of webpages that have been deleted a long time ago and still paraded by Google...
So what is it all about:
Front-of -Pack Labelling update 13 December 2013On 13 December 2013 the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) considered refinements made to the Health Star Rating (HSR) Calculator to address initial technical issues with star ratings for dairy products. The Forum endorsed the Calculator for the HSR system. The Forum also noted that a process for addressing anomalies would be developed by the Front-of-Pack Labelling (FoPL) Oversight Committee. The Forum agreed on membership of the FoPL Oversight Committee, comprising nine representatives from government, industry and community. The FoPL Oversight Committee is expected to be established in early 2014.
A communiquè from the meeting of the Forum is available on the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation webpage.
The communiqué is NOWHERE TO BE SEEN by Gus' old computer... It could be on a more up-to-date machine. I dunno...
But as a fall back position, here is something to look at:
On 14 June 2013, the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) endorsed a Front-of-Pack Labelling (FoPL) system that, except for agreed exemptions, applies to all packaged, manufactured or processed foods presented ready for sale to the customer in the retail sector and includes:
One has to know that the forum doing this caper are no slouch:
Membership of the Oversight Committee:Dr Kevin Buckett – Committee Chair (SA Health).
Dr Anne Astin – (Commonwealth).
Dr Lisa Szabo – NSW Food Authority (NSW Health).
Professor Geoffrey Dobb – Australian Medical Association (WA) (Public Health).
Ms Jenni Mack – Choice (Consumer).
Mr Michael Moore – Public Health Association of Australia (Public Health).
Mr Gary Dawson – Australian Food and Grocery Council (Industry).
Mr Russel Goss – Australian National Retailers Association (Industry).
Mr Tim Piper – Australian Industry Group (Industry).
So it is possible that Choice had a small grip on the bizo... But there too, there does not seem to be something to be seen... One needs to be a sleuth. There is somewhere in the ether some remnants or the full on the food site, even if in a frozen format...
Then we need to investigate the pedalling pollies...:
You may have noticed our Prime Minister Tony Abbott riding around in cycling kit with the Amgen logo across his chest, back and legs. Amgen is the principal sponsor of an Australian fundraising cycling event called Pollie Pedal, which, not surprisingly, features politicians cycling to raise money for various charities (this year, Carers Australia). So what, exactly, is Amgen?
Amgen is an American drug company, one of four that sponsor Pollie Pedal along with the pharmaceutical industry group Medicines Australia. This is ironic, given Tony Abbott’s cabinet has dropped science from its portfolio and for the first time in around 80 years we do not have some form of science ministry.
Now, unless you have been living as a hermit in the Simpson Desert for the last decade, the irony of the manufacturers of EPO [Amgen] sponsoring a cycling event will not have escaped you. I have to emphasise though that Amgen does not condone or support the abuse of EPO by athletes in any way. Indeed, most of the EPO used in athletics does not come from Amgen but is made by pirate drug companies.
What EPO did was revolutionise the treatment of anaemia in chronic kidney failure. In chronic kidney failure people have anaemia due to a variety of factors, including high blood urea destroying blood cells and blood loss during dialysis.
This leads to complications with the heart and blood vessels, and the debilitating symptoms of chronically low blood haemoglobin seriously reduced people’s quality of life. Additionally, low blood haemoglobin and increased antibodies from multiple blood transfusions lowered the success rates for kidney transplants.
EPO changed all that. People with chronic kidney failure are living longer and better lives, and kidney transplants are more successful due to EPO. EPO started Amgen’s fortunes.
But you would be surprised to learn that EPO is not Amgen’s top-selling drug. That is the anti-arthritis drug etanercept, an antibody that knocks out a key inflammatory protein involved in arthritis. Etanercept is also the 7th highest earning drug in the US. The next highest selling drug is Filgrastim, a protein related to EPO that boosts white blood cell numbers in people who can’t make enough white blood cells. It is the 10th highest earner in the US.
In December 2012, AMGEN pleaded guilty to illegally marketing its product Arensep and agreed to pay $US762 million in criminal penalties as well as settlements in related whistle-blower lawsuits. Arensep is a synthetic version of erythropoietin – EPO – an artificial blood booster that stimulates the production of red blood cells. EPO has valuable uses in the treatment of anaemia and in the 1990s was used enthusiastically – and illegally – by endurance athletes in search of an effective energy boost.
Kathleen Sharp, whose book ‘Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever‘ examines the sharp marketing practices used by some Big Pharma companies to promote their products, notes that AMGEN and Johnson & Johnson (the other major manufacturer of EPO) had for years been locked in a marketing war.
Pollie Pedal 2013 was officially launched this morning at Parliament House, Canberra, by The Hon Tony Abbott MHR.
The annual charity bike ride will start in Adelaide on 28 April, and ride 1,000 kilometres through South Australia and Victoria to finish in Geelong on 5 May. Since its inception, Pollie Pedal has raised over $2.5 million for a range of charitable organisations.
“In 2013 Pollie Pedal will again be raising funds for Carers Australia,” said Mr Abbott, “and the proceeds will go towards helping Australia become more ‘carer aware’.”
read more: http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/media-centre/article/?id=pollie-pedal-2013-launched
Nothing wrong with a bit of charity. And I have noted that Carers Australia has been an ardent supporter of the NDIS created by Julia Gillard... This means that caring would become part of a national strategy with cash that would help ALL CARERS be less reliant on irregular Charity, including those who are doing tough who do not get charitable support (I know a few of these). This would become a human rights issue. Humanistic quality care as part of the entire community spirit.
Very quickly, after judging that fighting the concept of a NDIS would be bad publicity, Abbott agreed to it, with of course the weasel proviso of economic rationale. So far, with the economy going to the dogs under Abbott, there is little chance of implementing the scheme which, I know, under Labor would already be near operational. So what went wrong?
The Liberals (CONservatives) hate anything Labor does that can achieve a better social equity, even if a bit wonky at times, the process ends up doing things right... The right wing-nuts hate this so much they get their budgies into a knot. They rather sabotage the whole country rather than accept Labor making inroads towards "social building"... So the Liberals (CONservatives) sold us a package of lies and trickery, helped by the master of fudge media, Uncle Rupe...
This is unacceptable and we need to redress the situation.
Joe Hockey makes rumbling noises about the "economy", but he has no clue on how to fake it and he can't stop himself hitting people on the head (the end of the age of entitlement or such crap). Even by hitting people on the head, things won't work out.
Abbottville is an embarrassing place to be. It stinks of corruption beyond what we can imagine, but as usual, the little donkey is the one taking the wrap for all the ills on earth...
We have to demand the resignation of both Nash — who has NOT met with health bodies after more than six months in the job (but was sitting daily next to a food lobbyist with clout)— and Abbott who is supporting this shit. Anything less won't do.
Added (sarcastic) note: Unlike the pronouncement by little Rattus Abbott that the Carbon Tax would "wipe Whyalla off the map" in South Australia — which did not happened in that steel city, may I say the little rat having been in the charitable political pedalling — which ended in Geelong, Victoria— that this city, Geelong, near Melbourne, has been hit for six with more factory closures that one can ever remember — all since the little rat took over the lever of his regime... Insert sarcastic guffaw, here, except we're looking at many lives being disrupted, shattered and possibly ended because of the little rat, Rattus the second...