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LEAD Action News vol 11 Number 3, June 2011, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times (ISSN 1440-4966) & Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
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A critique of some of those involved in the dispute about Rosebery

By Kay Seltitzas and Isla MacGregor, Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania (THMTT

Jo Powell – Behind the scenes on Facebook (See Rosebery Community Response in Lanv11n2)

Jo Powell was invited by the Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania to sit on the Rosebery Community Reference Group (RCRG). The DHHS were providing ongoing advice to Jo Powell that she was posting on her Facebook website. Jo Powell's position on the RCRG was questioned by members of the Rosebery community, as there had been no community consultation or nomination process for this appointment.

Jo Powell is the creator and administrator of the Facebook website 'Rosebery is not Contaminated – We're prepared to be tested.' No member of THMTT is a member of this Facebook site, contrary to Ms Powells' statement to this effect.

On Friday 29th January 2010, ABC Radio National's The World Today ran a very controversial program on Rosebery , by ABC journalist Felicity O'Gilvie: Small mining town divided over plans to sue local mine:  http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s2804965.htm  

In this program, Felicity O'Gilvie interviewed Rosebery residents Kay Seltitzas from the THMTT, and Jo Powell. The program included a reference to Jo Powell’s website having had some comments posted that were so offensive that Ms Powell had to remove them. They included:

“Houses go up quick when you set alight to them. I'm sure no one will miss one house and two dumb c........”

“Funny how the people have lived here for so long and they're not sick. F........off and get a real life you low life instead of running our town down.”

Jo Powell acknowledges that two people she knew had been diagnosed with heavy poisoning who subsequently had a different diagnosis from another doctor. In the experience of most of the people now diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning by Dr Andreas Ernst, it has been virtually impossible to obtain thorough health testing and examinations for symptoms typical of heavy metals poisoning from DHHS or GPs in Tasmania. After Dr Ernst made his initial contact with the DHHS in November 2009 to notify them about his diagnosis of several people with heavy metal poisoning, the DHHS decided to investigate Dr Ernst instead of conducting a proper public health investigation in Rosebery.

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