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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
2 SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 Page 16 GOODLIFE Greek cinephiles, rejoice! Page 24 FEATURE Calls for more transparency with seafood AUSTRALIA The latest polling shows that public support for the Coali- tion government is at its high- est for almost nine months, and rose to 47 per cent (up 1.5 per cent) but still trails the ALPat53percentonatwo- party preferred basis. According to this week's Morgan Poll, if an election was held now, the ALP would win, based upon the voting intentions of an Australia- wide cross-section of 3,151 Australian electors aged 18+ over the last two weekends. Primary support for the Coa- lition was up 1.5 per cent to 40 per cent, while ALP sup- port fell 2.5 per cent to 35 per cent. Support for other parties shows The Greens were at 12 per cent and the Palmer Unit- ed Party (PUP) at 3.5 per cent. Political analyst Dr Nick Economou told Neos Kosmos that the upward trend for the government should come as no surprise. "It's improving its position. Going to war is one of the few areas for national gov- ernment that's not subjected to constitutional constraint in Australia," said the Monash University lecturer. "It panders to the egos of Australian national political leaders and gives them an op- portunity to strut the world stage and make a contribution to great international events." Dr Economou says Labor would have steered an iden- tical course on Australia's second chapter of military involvement in Iraq, which has so far entailed the deploy- ment of eight RAAF F/A 18 Super Hornets to the region, along with surveillance and refuelling aircraft. "There's a great deal of support for what's happen- ing within the Labor Party, which can be quite socially conservative on a number of issues. People who have a problem with this have long gone from Labor, they're now in the Greens." Meanwhile, Dr Economou says the Abbott government's actions should not be seen merely as a continuation of conservative Australian gov- ernments "seeking to align Australia to the geo-strategic ambitions of our most pow- erful ally". "There is a moral argument too about Australia's involve- ment in this, in that we par- ticipated in the destabilisa- tion of the region which has led to these events, so we have a moral obligation to be part of whatever solution is decided upon." On Thursday, the RAAF at- tacked their first Islamic State target in Iraq, dropping two bombs on what Defence described as an IS 'facility'. Australia is close to reach- ing an agreement with the Iraqi government for troops to deploy on the ground in the country. The deal will allow the deployment of a 200-member unit of special forces to assist Iraqi securi- ty forces in the fight against Islamic State. Tony Abbott has left open the possibility of Australia joining a ground campaign against IS mili- tants "down the track". War increases Coalition’s appeal Eye in the sky: an RAAF officer prepares for his mission on a E-7A Wedgetail Warning and Control aircraft over Iraq. PHOTO: AAP/AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE, CORPORAL MAX BREE. Abbott polls best result since February MICHAEL SWEET Buying and holding is a com- mon strategy for property in- vestors with access to capital, and there has never been a more successful exponent of the art than Nikolas Kondas, who arrived in Melbourne from Greece in the 1940s. With a keen eye for an ap- preciating asset, over the past decades Nik bought at least one property every year and so developed a portfolio that had few equals. It all start- ed with some advice from a neighbour. "I had a Jewish bloke next door to my business and he said 'from now, if you want to get rich, buy properties but don't sell them’," Mr Kondos told Fairfax Media this week. "‘Don't work for the gov- ernment, don't work for the agents. Keep them until the end', so that's what I did." And the end has finally come. This week Nik's jour- ney as one of Australia's most successful self-made property investors is complete. He sold his last asset - a six- bedroom house in Holden Street, North Fitzroy. Tenant- ed continuously for 56 years, the property has been earning Nik a handy $50,000 per an- num in rent, but the hammer fell at a boardroom auction on Wednesday for just over $1.3m. Auctioneer Tom Alexiadis said that Nik had adhered to some basic principles to build up his prolific portfolio. "When you've got some money just buy, nothing re- ally fancy, but buy in good areas and for rental income. "It's surplus to him now, so what he's doing is setting up his family and grandkids." End of an era Last to go: Nikolas Kondos bought this North Fitzroy property in 1958. It sold this week for $1.3m. PHOTO: NELSON ALEXANDER. Property investor Nik Kondos calls itaday Fairfax journalist finalist in media awards Sports writer Stathi Paxinos is being acknowledged for his work covering para-sports JOHN PYRROS The Age sports journalist Stathi Paxinos has been nom- inated as one of four finalists for 'best promotion of sport for people with disability', to be presented next month. The award forms part of the 2014 ASC (Australian Sports Commission) Media Awards, recognising a 'life- time achievement' for service 'to sports journalism over an extended period of time'. Having covered mainstream sports for over a decade, Pax- inos told Neos Kosmos that he first covered para-sports at the 2012 London Paralym- pics, and has continued to give life to an otherwise ne- glected perspective of ath- letic achievement. "It came down to an oppor- tunity to cover the London Paralympics. When I was there it struck me how in- teresting the stories of these athletes were and how will- ing they were to talk about themselves and their experi- ences. I found that such a big change to my usual rounds of professional sports, like rugby league or rugby union where everything is so media controlled and structured." He said for a long time pa- ra-sports have been about the "human interest or news story" and never about sport, but that sentiment is chang- ing. "What they (para-athletes) try to push nowadays is that they are athletes themselves and that their athletic per- formances should stand by their own right. They're try- ing to really generate more interest in the sporting situa- tions rather than just human interest." But he said that sentiment still serves a purpose for up- and-comers. "The stories behind them are really quite inspiring to a lot of people. Some of these athletes, have often been bul- lied through high school or their younger years and if young children with disabil- ities have someone to look up to, who they can relate to, who may have gone through something similar, it gives them something to aspire to." Paxinos said London 2012 propelled para-sports cover- age, and whilst there's still a long way to go before it becomes more mainstream, he sees a growing embrace which will excel within the next 10 or 15 years. He said the nomination "is really pleasing because it's good to see that para-sports is being acknowledged in major awards now", and that fascination with the ath- letes will continue to grow. It is now a matter of sport subscribers moving beyond their "tunnel vision" and ap- preciating the achievements of these athletes as exactly that - athletes. The ASC awards will be held on November 19. Stathi at the main stadium in London during the Paralympic Games.
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