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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
NEWS 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 Lectures and book launches offering plenty of food for thought Professor Michalis Damanakis (visiting Professor of the Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies) will give a lecture on Greek language education in the diaspora on Monday 9 March at Mezzanine (168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne), presented in Greek only. Following the educational material for the ‘Diaspora Education’ Program - a survey which was conducted during June 1997 and August 2008 and later on evolved into ‘Greek-speaking primary and secondary intercultural education in the diaspora’, a new promising program was structured on December 2013. The professor will exhibit his ideas for a more effective implementation of the Greek language in the educational programs of the country of residence. The lecture will focus on the production of teaching material and studies programs, teacher training, conventional and distance learning, as well as structures and methodology for e-learning. The president of the GCM, Mr Bill Papastergiadis, will be welcoming the professor, while the Greek Consul for Education, Mr Vasileios Gkokas, and Mrs V. Marinelis (Community languages, Victorian Ministry of Education) will contribute to the debate which will be held by Professor Anastasios M. Tamis. The lecture will begin at 7.00 pm. Another event in Greek will take place at Mezzanine on Sunday 8 March in an initi- ative by The Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne and Hellenic Writers Association of Australia. Writer Dionysia Mousouras is to present her new book, entitled Beckonings. This is an open event, welcoming commentators over tea, coffee and sweets. The book launch is scheduled for 3.00 pm. Last but not least, Peter Beilharz will also be launching his latest book: Thinking the Antipodes - Australian Essays on Monday 9 March. Nikos Country of origin seafood labelling support grows Prominent fish industry contender and owner of the Australian Seafood Fish and Chippery in Coburg, Con Patsiotis is amongst the many Victorian fish and chip shop owners who have recently supported a campaign that will allow consumers to know where their cooked seafood is sourced from. The obligatory labelling of cooked seafood in Australia is a campaign born out of a senate inquiry that found labelling seafood at the restaurant level would be very beneficial; to consumers, local fishermen and the Australian national economy. A phone survey of 17 fish and chip shops indicated most fish and chip shops supported being forced to reveal to consumers where their seafood were sourced from. Along with many Victorian fish and chip shop owners, Patsiotis fully supports the idea that mandatory labelling will benefit Australia on both micro and macro levels, stating that consumers deserve to know "what they are eating and what they are paying for", and that the mandatory move "will benefit local fishermen as well". Since the introduction of country of origin seafood labelling to supermarkets and markets in 2006, the Australian trawl fishing industry has increased from $4 million to $30 million, and the sale of Australian snapper has increased by 400 per cent. A further enforced expansion of labelling to cooked seafood could further enhance the fish industry economically. The government is due to respond to the inquiry next month. Papastergiadis, an esteemed professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, will be presenting Beilharz's work. Peter Beilharz is Professor of Culture and Society at Curtin University. For many years he was a sociology professor, including director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at La Trobe University. Peter Beilharz has published 24 books and 200 papers across five continents. The writer came to argue that the idea of the antipodes made sense less in its geographical than its cultural form, viewed as a relation rather than a place: "Australians had one foot here and one there, whichever 'there' this was." Thinking the Antipodes will be presented at the Greek Centre Melbourne - located at the corner of Lonsdale and Russell streets in Melbourne (Level 1, 168 Lonsdale Street) at 7.00 pm. For more information on any of the events visit www.greekcommunity.com.au DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Mikakos fights for child abuse programs MP Jenny Mikakos has announced the state government will fund vital research into an early intervention program for the neglect and abuse of children. Committing $250,000 over three years for two research projects, Ms Mikakos says the program will offer new ideas on how to support children at risk of harm. "We're getting the best evidence about how to protect our most vulnerable children," says Ms Mikakos. "This is an innovative program that offers fresh ideas for supporting children who are at risk of harm." Under the program, the children attend a unique childcare centre and have specialist carers. The research will look at the impact of high-quality early Jenny Mikakos wants to see innovative programs that offer fresh ideas for supporting children at risk. education services and attachment focused child care, where a child forms an attachment with a particular carer. The 'Early Years Education Research Project' is an Australian first, pilot program run by the Children's Protection Society that has been in action since 2010. The program works with children aged from birth to four years who have experienced, or are at risk of, neglect or abuse. Government commitment to reduce Australian violence against women augmented The government's approach to assisting women facing violence in Australia has just been augmented and diversified, with the announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott of the employment of assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women experiencing violence. Over two years, the Commonwealth will allocate $120,000 to support CALD women through the court system, whose uncertainties regarding Australian law or their rights to assistance can commonly leave them with daunting legal interactions that are difficult to navigate. The initiative will work to ef- Country of origin lables exist at the wholesale market, but not at restaurant level. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. fect cultural change across the Australian court system, making every point of engagement more accessible for CALD women. Such changes will occur under the auspices of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity, where the Migration Council of Australia will develop a national framework for use across the courts. The framework will include guidelines, protocols, and training to ensure a more effective and consistent administration of justice for CALD women and their families. The council will also consult closely with communities as the framework is developed. While the government's approach is already evident in the National Plan, it under- stands that the 'one-size fits all approach' to dealing with domestic violence in Australia will simply not address the unique challenges faced by women and families of different backgrounds. The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash, and the Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, support the prime minister's announcement in the recognition that women from different backgrounds have diverse experiences of violence. "It is essential that we provide appropriate and culturally sensitive support for those women who have to navigate our justice system if they find themselves a victim of family or sexual violence," Minister Cash said. "Some of the forms of violence and abuse that CALD women face are unique, and as such the priorities outlined in the Second Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children acknowledge this." The Commonwealth has allocated more than $100 million over the next four years for the support of the Second Action plan and its proposals have the support of all states and territories across Australia.
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