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‘Seeing is Believing’, OAA Tasmania State Congress 2010

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The Sixth Tasmania’s Lifestyle Congress was officially launched at Parliament House in Hobart on a chilly Friday evening the 27 August 2010.

The opening was attended by Tasmanian and interstate members of the OAA, including the Hon. Jim Wilkinson MLC, the Hon. Paul Harriss, the Hon. Adriana Taylor MLC and the founding CEO of the OAA Tasmania, Mr. Keith MacKriell.

OAA Tasmania CEO Geoff Squibb was proud to introduce the Tasmania Minister for Health and Tourism, Ms. Michelle O’Byrne to officially open the Sixth Tasmania’s Lifestyle Congress.

Ms. O’Byrne was quick to thank the OAA Tasmania’s many initiatives to promote eye health in the community. She made special mention of Agfest, the largest agricultural field day in the Southern Hemisphere, at which the OAA Tasmania runs the Agfest Eye Centre. The Agfest Eye Centre provided free vision and eye screening to hundreds of people during the fair.

The Agfest Eye Centre provided free vision and eye screening to hundreds of people during the fair

Former Association President John Kingshott, was on hand for a very special acknowledgment, presenting Ms. Jayne Wilson with a magnificent bouquet of flowers in acknowledgement for her work over 15 years as the registrar for the Tasmania Registration Board.

The evening kicked of with an Optometry Giving Sight presentation from non other than its Ambassador, former Australian test cricketer and former coach of the Pakistan Cricket team, Geoff Lawson.

Following from Geoff was Dr. Paul McCartney, who presented to the delegates a lecture on ‘Surgical Solutions for Presybopia’.

The evening was concluded with a lively and light hearted debate. Should Medicare be abolished? The great debate was moderated by John Beever. Daryl Guest and Tim Powell, the current President of OAA Tasmania, put in a strong argument ‘against’, but their performance was somewhat over shadowed by their 1970’s debating attire. Not to be distracted by there physcadelic adversaries, the ‘affirmative team’, made up of OAA National President Andrew Harris and OAA Tasmania past President Andrew Hogan battled hard to protect the Medicare legislation, even though their arguments were obviously prepared by the same speech writer used by Julia Gillard and Bob Katter.

The crowd verdict? Again…. no-one won a majority.