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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 January 2016
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 JANUARY 2016 NEWS HAL kicks off 2016 Coming to Australia Queensland's Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) officially rang in the new year last week. The gathering was well attended, with a number of interstate guests including Chief Justice Chris Kourakis, Jane McGrath, Chief Justice Helen Murrell, Paul Westwood, Justice Emilios Kyrou and John Kiosoglous. Also present was the Honorary Consul-General of Greece in Queensland Jim Raptis, joined by his wife Helen. This year is set to be an important and exciting year for the association as it endeavours to build upon the solid foundations achieved since its launch in Victoria. To get the ball rolling, HAL's Western Australian chapter is expected to be launched next month by its patron, Chief Justice Wayne Martin. Chief Justice Murrell has agreed to take on the role of patron for the ACT chapter, set to be launched in April. Those attending the gathering also had the chance to take part in the launch of Justice Kyrou's book Call Me Emilios. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Placements will be spread across Australian states in a variety of industries, from finance to pharmaceuticals and technology, including major banks ANZ and National Australia Bank. The first eight young graduates were expected to arrive to Australia by this weekend; a formal welcoming reception will be held for them next week at the Hellenic Museum. The eight interns are to start work this week; four of them are graduates of economic and finance studies and are to start internships in the bank sector - two of them will be working with ANZ and two with NAB. Among the other four, two are engineers (they will work with Hickory group in Melbourne), one is an architect, DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Ambassador Griffin with members of The Hellenic Initiative and the interns heading to Australia. who will work with Cox Architecture in Perth, and one is a marketing studies graduate, placed at the Lonsdale Institute. Last Friday, the eight interns met with the Australian Ambassador in Athens, John Griffin, who expressed Australia's support to the efforts of THI Australia to provide an opportunity for young people who have been hit by the effect of the ongoing economic crisis in Greece. Question and answer: (L-R) Chief Justice Christopher Kourakis (HAL national patron), author Justice Emilios Kyrou (Victoria HAL patron), and panel chair Bico Athanasas, Honorary Consulate-General of Greece. Pension cuts plan for overseas visits slammed CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 (L-R) HAL national patron Chief Justice Chris Kourakis (SA), Justice Emilios Kyrou (Victoria HAL patron), Chief Justice Helen Murrell (ACT HAL patron) and Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM (Tasmanian HAL patron). Mr Caputo added that pensioners born abroad often needed to travel for extended periods to stay in touch with family, or to take care of a sick or dying relative. A spokesman for Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the change was about making the situation "fairer for taxpayers". "The government believes a person's retirement costs should be fairly distributed between the countries a person has spent most of their working life," said the spokes- man, who added that Australia had 30 international agreements that allow people social security from more than one country. "It is the expectation that where a person has spent a proportion of their working life overseas, they will be eligible to receive a pension from that country." Labor has vowed to oppose the change, with the opposition's payments spokeswoman Jenny Macklin saying it would hurt "thousands of migrant pensioners". Victorian MP Maria Vamva- kinou told Neos Kosmos Labor would seek to defeat the proposed legislation with the help of the Greens. "This is a draconian measure, it's devious, it's discriminatory and it's cruel," said Ms Vamvakinou, who described the savings projected by the change as minimal. "They're already squeezing pensioners and we'll defend people's rights to reconnect with their family in their country of birth - whatever their age. This restricts their freedom. They deserve our respect and our compassion regardless of how long their working life in Australia is; a two-tiered system is un-Australian." Meanwhile, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said the plan to introduce "an arbitary six-week limit" was "a mean-spirited penny pinching exercise" and one that he would not support in the Senate. "If the government wants to save money it should look at making some of the biggest corporations in the world like Apple, Google and Microsoft pay their fair share of taxes." Greek-born lawyer is head of Law Institute of Victoria Greek-born lawyer Steven Sapountsis is the new president of the Law Institute of Victoria for 2016. Mr Sapountsis is special counsel at Moores and has 32 years' legal experience in litigation and regulatory and compliance work. Mr Sapountsis emigrated to Australia with his family in 1961 from a village in northern Greece. After attending Blackburn South High School, he studied economics and law at Monash University. He completed his articles at Dunstan and Lamb in Mitcham, and his first job was at the Brunswick firm Kossoulis Sapountsis and Co., where most of his clients were from the Greek community. Within a few years he was offered partnership at the firm. At the LIV he was general manager of the Professional Standards Department (including management of litigation) until July 2006. He has undertaken regulatory work at high levels, including government legal policy matters and legislative interpretation and implementation. Among Mr Sapountsis' aims for his presidency at the LIV is furthering diversity in the legal profession and exploring practical ways to increase inclusion. Meanwhile, the new president of the Victorian Bar Association, Paul Anastassiou QC, is also of Greek heritage. Steven Sapountsis is the new president of the Law Institute of Victoria. The new president of the Victorian Bar Association, Paul Anastassiou QC.
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