Page 912 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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Since its establishment before 1930, the Canberra Greek community has contributed much knowledge and effort to the ACT. Lots of this contribution has been through small business enterprise and the construction sector, but the main addition to society in the ACT has been the cultural flavour which the Greek community has added through the years of their strong presence and influence in the territory.

This cultural flavour was very evident at the celebration of the Greek national day held at the Hellenic Club. The event started with an excellent entree, and then we had the pleasure of Father Petros saying grace before the beginning of proceedings. We then had a few words from George Karkazis about the event, and that was followed by His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos, who is the ambassador for Greece in Australia. I had the privilege of a very interesting conversation with him throughout the evening.

I would like to thank several people for their contribution to the event, in no particular order. They were Antonios Vlachos; Haris Dafaranos, ambassador of Greece, and his wife; Mr Andreas Hadjithemistos, and Ms Angeles Rodrigues from the Cypriot high commission; Mr Loukas Tsokos, first secretary of the Greek embassy, and his wife; Mr John Kalokerinos, president of the Hellenic Club of Canberra, and his wife; Mr George Karkazis, president of the Greek community of Canberra, and his wife; Reverend Father Kipouros; Reverend Father Kosta Kostakos; Mrs Yiola Alexandrou, president of the Cyprus community of Canberra; Mr Con Poulos, president of the Greek community in Queanbeyan; and Mrs Sotiria Liangis and Mr John Liangis. Well done to the Greek community on that very important day.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.44 pm.

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