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HEALTH—WORLD SIGHT DAY

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Di Natale, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 981—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Thursday, 11 October is World Sight Day,

  (ii) over half a million Australians aged over 40 are living with some form of vision loss and approximately 75 per cent of blindness and vision loss is preventable or treatable, and

  (iii) World Sight Day is an important date to encourage Australians to think about eye health and the focus of World Sight Day in 2012 is on prevention; and

 (b) calls on the Government to encourage Australians to get regular eye tests to enable early detection and diagnosis.

Question put and passed.