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Date posted: 29 August 2012
ACT Labor is promising extra cash for schools that phase out sugary drinks if it is re-elected to government in October.
Under the plan, schools could apply for up to $15,000 to fund water refill stations and reusable bottles for students.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says her party's policy aims to cut the number of children who are obese and develop type 2 diabetes.
'This will be available to schools in government and non-government system in primary schools,' she said.
'We'd like to start in primary schools but if it is successful and we see big demand for this then of course we want to see it rolled out across the school system but we're going to let schools make those choices for themselves.'
The Heart Foundation is applauding Labor's promise.
ACT Labor wants to remove sugary drinks from all primary schools by 2017.
Source: ABC News