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HEALTH—FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION

Senator Crossin, also on behalf of Senators Moore, Boyce, Nash, Siewert and Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 876—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that September 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fred Hollows Foundation;


 (b) recognises the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, AC, and the clinicians, administrators and volunteers who have followed in his footsteps over the past 2 decades;

 (c) commends the Fred Hollows Foundation for its achievements, including:

  (i) producing millions of intraocular lenses at factories in Eritrea and Nepal and exporting those lenses to more than 75 countries,

  (ii) training tens of thousands of clinical and support staff, including ophthalmologists, nurses and community workers,

  (iii) building or renovating more than 100 health facilities, and

  (iv) reducing the cost of cataract operations to just $25 in many developing countries; and

 (d) endorses the ongoing mission of the Fred Hollows Foundation to give local communities the skills and tools to eradicate avoidable blindness and improve lives in Australia and around the world.

Question put and passed.