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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 March 2015
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Paxinos is a candidate with the Australian Cyclists Party New South Wales votes today Well-known Greek Australian professor of psychology George Paxinos is a candidate with the Australian Cyclists Party in today's New South Wales state elections. The Australian Cyclists Party is contesting in the Legislative Council, or Upper House, with a full group slate of 15 candidates plus an additional six Legislative Assembly contests. Mr Paxinos's daughter Yvette Paxinos is also a candidate. George Paxinos is currently NHMRC Australia Fellow and conjoint Professor of Psychology and Medical Sciences of The University of New South Wales. Mr Paxinos was born in Ithaca, Greece, and studied psychology at Berkeley, McGill and Yale. He is the author of 46 books on the brain, including the most cited Australian scientific publication. He is interested in the environment and in transport and was the founder of the Light Rail Association. He considers cycling and walking the least polluting and healthiest means to commute. The New South Wales election will be held today. The lower house has 93 singlemember seats. At the March 2011 election, the Coalition won 69 of these 93 seats, to 20 for Labor, one Green and three independents. Labor has since gained the seats of Miranda, Newcastle and Charlestown at by-elections, and the Nationals gained the independent-held seat of Northern Tablelands. Due to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigations, the Coalition currently holds 61 seats, with six elected Coalition members sitting as Independents. A Galaxy poll has the Coalition leading 54-46 using 2011 preferences, unchanged on last week. Primary votes are 45 per cent for the Coalition (up 1), 36 per cent for Labor (steady) and 10 per cent for the Greens (steady). The Greek Australian candidates The Greek Australian community will lose veteran MP and former leader of the state's National Party, George Souris, who is retiring from politics. Shadow minister Sophie Cotsis is almost certain to return to the Upper House as she will be holding the number one position in Labor's ticket. Steve Kamper has high hopes to occupy the seat of Rockdale for the ALP. He contested the seat in 2011, but was a victim of Labor's backlash. It is ex- pected that this time around he will cross the line. Mr Kamper enjoys the support of federal leader Bill Shorten, and if elected, is expected to have an influential role in the party. In Wollongong, well-known unionist Arthur Rorris hopes to win the seat from Labor. Other candidates of Hellenic background include Eleni Petinos (Liberal for the seat of Miranda), Patrice Pandeleos (Liberal - Sydney), Nicholas Aroney (Liberal - Kogarah) John Koutsoukis (Liberal - Heffron), Nomiky Panayiotakis (Liberal - Canterbury), Georgia Constantinou (No Land Tax - Maroubra), Chris Stefandellis (No Land Tax - Campbelltown), Anna Stevis (No Land Tax - Castle Hill), George Capsis (Christian Democratic Party - Cronulla). For the Upper House, apart from Ms Cotsis, Greek Australian candidates include Marika Kontellis (Greens), George Paxinos (Australian Cyclists Party) and Yvette Paxinos (Australian Cyclists Party). Lastly, there are three candidates whose spouses are Greek Australians. Julie Passas is running for the seat of Summer Hill with the Liberal Party, Giovina Gouskos has put her name at Myall Lakes with the No Land Tax party, and Courtney Houssos is candidate for the Upper House with the ALP. Greek Australian professor of psychology, George Paxinos. Australian tourist will sue Greek government An Australian tourist will sue the Greek government after being shot in a terrorist shoot-out. The story was first revealed by Neos Kosmos. A recent report in The Age says Grant Uranie is having ongoing rehabilitation to strengthen his ankle and experiences pain and an occasional limp. The marketing and commerce student at Swinburne University is so far $25,000 out of pocket for medical bills, loss of income from part-time jobs and other costs. His football career as a contracted player for Scoresby in the Eastern Football League is in doubt due to the injury and it was a second income for him. Defteros Lawyers has sent a letter to the Greek government for ‘open information’ about the incident and compensation for Mr Uranie but there has been no response. The law firm has briefed senior counsel to make a final petition to the Greek government and then commence proceedings in the Greek court system. His travel insurance reimbursed the cost of his cancelled Contiki tour and covered the cost of changing his flight. He was not reimbursed for the loss of income from his part-time jobs at Coles and Supercheap Auto while he was recovering. Exclusions in his insurance policy don't cover ‘a loss that arises directly or indirectly from an act or threat of terrorism’. During the ordeal, he was grateful for the help he received from the Australian embassy in Athens. After arriving home, Mr Uranie was treated at Casey Hospital, where an ultrasound discovered damage to his Achilles tendon. He then underwent an operation at Dandenong Hospital. Approaching the 12-month anniversary of the holiday gone wrong, Mr Uranie still feels on edge. "If I'm in a public area and there's police around, I do kind of get, I wouldn't say flashbacks, but a little bit of nervousness and anxiety." Grant Uranie, who is suing the Greek government after he was injured in a terrorist shoot-out in Athens last year.
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