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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2015 7 NEWS Pascha and politics Several members of parliament across Australia attended Orthodox Easter services to wish Australia’s Greek communities ‘Christos Anesti’ Prime Minister Tony Abbott was among the many people who attended Greek Orthodox Easter church services around the nation. Tony Abbott and Nickolas Varvaris, federal member for Barton, attended the Resurrection of Christ Greek Orthodox Church midnight mass service alongside thousands of Greek residents of the Barton electorate in New South Wales. "Tonight I attended the Orthodox midnight mass at the Greek Orthodox Church in Kogarah," the prime minister said. "Wishing you all a very hap- py, peaceful and healthy Orthodox Easter. "Thank you to the Very Rev. Father Sophronios Konidaris for his inspiring service to all the parishioners," Abbott added. He also expressed his compassion towards the thousands of Greek immigrants who were forced to leave their country and seek a new future in another country. Tony Abbott told the congregation he acknowledges the immense contribution of the Greek community to Australia's identity and even wished Greece a happy Easter, highlighting his support towards the Greek population struggling to survive under severe austerity policies. At the end of his short speech, the prime minister thanked Nickolas Varvaris for inviting him to the Orthodox liturgy and wished a loud "Christos Anesti" to the 15,000 people who had gathered outside the church, getting a moving "Alithos Anesti" in return. Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill and the State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis were also exchanging Christos Anesti wishes at Saint George Orthodox Church in Thebarton, celebrating Orthodox Easter. Victoria was not left out either, as Premier Daniel Andrews joined the Orthodox Christian calendar's biggest celebration, wishing a happy Easter alongside Steve Dimopoulos MP for Oakleigh, Philip Dalidakis MP for Sth Metro and Nick Staikos MP for Bentleigh. "This weekend, I'd like to extend my best wishes to our Orthodox Christian communities as they observe Holy Friday and the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha," the premier said. "While this is a time of joy, it also reminds us to be considerate and kind to others. I wish you the very best of celebrations." L-R: Philip Dalidakis MP for Sth Metro, Steve Dimopoulos MP for Oakleigh, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews and Nick Staikos MP for Bentleigh. Tony Abbott and Nickolas Varvaris, Federal Member for Barton, outside the Resurrection of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Sydney. PHOTO: NICKOLAS VARVARIS. Prime Minister Tony Abbott wishing the Greek Orthodox Barton electorate Christos Anesti. PHOTO: NICKOLAS VARVARIS. The prime minister speaking with the local priest. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family were amongst the many who attended the Pascha Sunday liturgy in NSW. PHOTO: NICKOLAS VARVARIS. Australia-Greece solidarity campaign Let Greece Breathe holds a public meeting in Melbourne to raise solidarity towards the SYRIZA government and the Greek people Let Greece Breathe is a campaign for hope and justice aiming to show that Greece and the Greek people are not alone in their hour of need. The Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign has been inspired by the resistance of the Greek people to the harsh austerity program imposed on that country. One of the group's ba- sic mottos is ‘A victory for Greece will be a victory for people everywhere’, which to them proves why the battle is so fierce. The members behind the campaign invite Australian citizens and residents to show their solidarity towards the SYRIZA government and the Greek people, at the Trades Hall (corner Lygon and Vic- toria St Carlton) on Tuesday 21 April 7.00 pm. A group of speakers will give a lecture on Greece's current situation, the politics of harsh austerity and the treadmill of neverending debt repayments which have seen Greek people pushed to the extremes of poverty. Speakers include political economist Adam Rorris, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP, AMWU national president Andrew Dettmer, ACTU president Ged Kearney and more, including a video message from a spokesperson of the Greek government. The aim of the Let Greece Breathe campaign is to oppose the marginalisation of communities and support the right of the Greek people to democratically determine their own future free from external intervention whilst learning from the Greek resistance to austerity policies. For more information see www.facebook.com/ events/1567787780139549 Let Greece Breathe members believe that a victory for Greece will be a victory for people everywhere.
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