Honest as the day is long

Some years ago, Hoya was hit by a serious flood in Bangkok that knocked out its big prescription-lens laboratory there for a considerable time.

As a result the company’s laboratories across the world tried to make up for the lost production volume, but, had as they all tried there were delays, causing some clients to take their lens business elsewhere, Australia being no exception.

As a result, competitor laboratories here (ones that actually surfaced and/or fitted lenses locally or had their overseas colleagues do it) received a pile of work, so much so that at the end of it all (when Hoya’s Bangkok laboratory re-opened some months later) one overseas-owned company sent a substantial bonus to be shared by its staff in Australia to thank them for their efforts during the bonanza.

A much-appreciated gesture.

The only problem was that the head of the company here kept the bonus intended for the staff!


The ‘Rt. Hon.’ chairman

Former federal health minister Nicola Roxon has been appointed chairman of large private health insurance fund in Australia and New Zealand, Bupa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of t British United Provident Association Limited.

Let’s hope for Nicola Roxon’s sake she makes a better fist of her new job than what she made of her part in the failed attempt to reduce Medicare fees and benefits for cataract surgery, back in 2009.

After making all sorts of attempts to bully (including misleading videos), she was forced to back down (as a member of the government), not so long afterwards being moved to the position of attorney-general before quitting federal politics.

The announcement of her appointment was interesting – she is the ‘Rt.Hon.” Nicola Roxon, joining parent company chairman Lord Leach and a handful of knights of the realm (or other entitled people) who are board members.

Ah yes, up the workers!


Only a matter of time

It seems only a matter of time before department-store group Myer goes under.

But its executive chairman (he’s replaced the now-fired CEO and has relinquished the position of chairman) is doing all he can to save the ship, slashing his pay as chairman by $100,000 to $300,000 a year since last November.

An admirable sacrifice?

Not quite: since he quit as chairman to become executive chairman, he is being paid $83,333 a month while carrying out executive duties – which amounts to a cool $1 million a year!


NDIS: giving Behavioural Optometry a run for its money?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a great idea, but the way parts of it are going would be a joke, if it wasn’t so serious.

Under the scheme all manner of businesses, organisations and individual service providers can register to provide support for disabled people from NDIS’ $22 billion annual funding.

But you may not know this: among the applications for treatments to be provided are a sound stimulation service that plays Mozart and Gregorian chants for autistic children, and a woman who reads palms and tarot card at markets in Hobart.

It’s all up to the person who will receive a service to apply for it, making sure to use words such as “therapeutic” or “assertive therapy” in applications for the services of “a teacher and spiritual counsellor” with expertise in the area of “esoterics”, or another one who is able to “blend apparent science with ancient spiritual belief”. All so much nonsense.

By comparison, however, it makes Behavioural Optometry look packed to the rafters with volumes of well-reseached literature to support its treatment claims.


Bagging the banks

And haven’t the banks performed admirably at the Royal Commission on Banking being held in Melbourne.

In short, what they’ve been up to and what they’ve been getting away with, have been put under the spotlight as never before.

Star of the proceedings is the commissioner, formerly a justice of the High Court, who has been giving the banks the rounds of the table, aided by counsel assisting.

Who knows where it will all end, but for people and businesses of all shapes and sizes treatment by banks can only become better; and more fairer, whether, say, a small ophthalmic-practice owner or a large corporation with many practices, or an employee of any of them.

Not before time.


A last cricket question

We’ve all probably had enough of cricket’s woes, but permit me to ask one question: why did Cricket Australia not raise absolute hell over the fools employed by Cricket South Africa who wore face masks of a former boyfriend of the wife of one of the Australian team?

After all, it was 10 years ago – before the lady had even met her batsman husband; nothing to get excited about.

Unless you’re completely thick – or childish!