FRESH from its drubbing in the Federal Court of Australia at the hands of exhibition organiser Expertise Events, the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association of Australia is claiming exhibitors from Asia will be dominating the forthcoming (it starts this Thursday) SILMO Sydney exhibition.
Utter nonsense, there will be no exhibitors from Asia, at SILMO Sydney, not one, I am reliably informed.
AT last, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is to have a good look at the hearing-aid industry, as well as the audiology ‘profession’.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper has just run a ‘people’ story that seems to have stirred the ACCC to investigate the rorting that sectors of the industry are up to, such as pressure selling of hearing aids (often before a consultation has ended), huge prices and mark-ups, hidden commissions and a whole bag of other tricks.
Not all audiologists are involved, but the offenders are blackening the reputation of all of them through their greedy behaviour.
The ‘bad hats’ should be given a hard time, with crackdowns on their shameful behavior, so that the community gets a fair go.
NEWS of the forthcoming merger of France’s Essilor International and Italy’s Luxottica brings to mind the saying ‘From little things big things grow’ (a much bigger one in this instance).
Back in the 1980s, Essilor was represented in Australia by a small-time operator, so small in fact that, quite different to its big operation here today, he operated from a bedroom in his flat at Sydney’s Bondi Beach!
Has the time arrived for the end of some of the more outmoded and time-wasting happenings when it comes to ophthalmic officialdom?
HAS the time arrived for the end of some of the more outmoded and time-wasting happenings when it comes to ophthalmic officialdom?
For example, having guest speakers at graduation ceremonies, where what is delivered is usually sleep-inducing for the audience or just a mish-mash of platitudes and bonhomies.
The guest speaker is usually a mate of someone high up in the organisation concerned, or someone who could influence, say, a government policy, or be in a position to channel sorely-needed funds into, perhaps, a new research facility. Rarely do such speakers say much that is remembered; and what they do say, often takes ages.
All of this while some of those assembled on the stage in academic dress (at times quite garish) look down on the audience as if they (the audience) are inferior beings.
Fortunately the tedium of it all is relieved by the egress of the official party, followed by a civilised rush for the drink waiters in order to quench thirsts.
So will it ever change? Probably not; there are too many egos involved.
FEDERAL health minister Sussan Ley has been pushed out of the ministry after claims she made for 17 trips to the Gold Coast, sometimes with her partner, all paid for by the good old taxpayer.
During one of the trips, “on impulse” she bought a luxury beachfront unit at Surfers Paradise for $795,000.
Also, there were claims for chartering aircraft in order to keep up her commercial-pilot’s-licence hours and to attend various non-government-business social functions on the Gold Coast, accommodation and transport plus of course travel allowances.
After the cat was out of the bag in media reports, followed by a conversation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, she very generously announced she was quitting the health portfolio and would pay back some of the tens of thousands involved.
All very nice, but no mention of the supposed new rule that doubles the amount involved is to be paid back to the government by offending MPs.
Isn’t it time for the parliament to do something serious about the wholesale expenses-rorting going on? After all, if someone steals from a person or corporation and they get caught, depending on what is involved, they face a fine or a term in the slammer – and an offer to pay it all back cuts no ice.
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WHAT is it about people whose mobile phones do not reveal who they are when they call – i.e. their names don’t show up, just the words ‘Unknown caller’ or the like?
Is it because they simply haven’t ‘instructed’ their mobiles to reveal their names, or is it because they’re shy, or is it because they consider they’re so important that their identification mustn’t be made known to the person receiving the call? Who knows.
Easiest thing to do is just not answer any anonymous calls: the caller can leave a message; it’s the receiver’s choice whether to reply.
That should soon bring to an end to such nonsense.
TENSIONS are building as the two national ophthalmic trade fairs draw near – SILMO Sydney 2017 on 9-11 March and ODMA 2017 on 7-9 July.
From the exhibitors’ aspect, it’s all about attendance numbers, with claims and counterclaims no doubt to soon be made by the sponsors and/or organisers.
There’s big money at stake, particularly for the winner of the two-horse race, although the runner-up shouldn’t actually go broke.
Both fairs are being held at Sydney’s new International Exhibition Centre, Silmo first up and ODMA four months later.
Surprisingly, so far there’s been little promotion by either, apart from some predictable blather as well as some negative claims by one about the other.
Which one? Not saying; at least not yet.