1. Schools in the American state of California are sending letters to the parents of kids who are classified as overweight. The letters – which are being referred to as ‘fat letters’ – have received some criticism from parents, but nutritionists have defended the practice.
“We let the parents know in a gentle fashion, but we also send out a ton of handouts to try to help that family,” nutritionist Lauren Schmitt told a US news service.
“It shouldn’t be a stigma, it’s not a way to categorize someone. It’s just showing that this child has increased risk to be obese as an adult, which then could lead to quite a few chronic diseases.”
2. The Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott said yesterday that he was “getting down to business” and considered his Sunday morning “essentially a working day”.
Yesterday Mr Abbott held a meeting with heads in the public service and revealed that he wants to implement his policies as quickly as possible. Abbott said: “Obviously a very early item of business is scrapping the carbon tax.”
3. The Senate will remain under the control of the Labor Party the Greens until mid-2014. While senate votes are still being counted, it is likely that a number of right wing minor parties and independents will hold the balance of power when the new Senate is sworn in mid next year.