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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 August 2017
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 AUGUST 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Matthew Guy’s new vision for Geelong The waterfront to get a Greek-style makeover inspired by Melbourne’s sister city, Thessaloniki NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Greater Geelong will get its first dedicated cabinet minister and its first ever state recognised metropolitan planning policy under the Liberal Nationals’ vision to plan for greater population and job growth in Victoria’s second largest city. Speaking to the Committee for Geelong, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy announced wide ranging plans to prepare a sustainable pro-growth future for Geelong that include two major Greek-inspired changes if Liberal Nationals are elected in 2018. The first step will be the appointment of South Barwon MP Andrew Katos as Assistant Shadow Minister for Geelong in the lead-up to the 2018 state election; if elected Katos will be the first ever dedicated minister for the city. “To ease the squeeze in Melbourne, we need to grow the whole state, not just Melbourne. It’s about time Geelong had a dedicated minister, it’s about time government took Geelong seriously,” Matthew Guy told Neos Kosmos. “A new Minister for Geelong will be able to lobby for the city at the Cabinet table, not because they have a sentimental or residential attachment to the city, but because it will be their total job description to do so at all times.” Katos, a proud Greek Australian and a Geelong-born and bred local said that he is “excited for what is to come,” not only for himself, but for his family who are also dedicated to making Victoria’s second city a better place. “I’m proud to hold the portfolio of Assistant Shadow Minister for Geelong, the first time any party has given this portfolio as a distinct responsibility,” he said. “We need to plan for how we can sustainably grow Geelong to provide the jobs, opportunities and infrastructure that families, businesses, and the city needs for the future.” Both Guy and Katos visited the Geelong waterfront, presenting their plans on making it the centrepiece of an “enhanced new Geelong” as they called it. The redevelopment will span all the way from the Botanical Gardens to Rippleside, also focusing on Surf Coast and Bellarine. The Leader of the Opposition came up with the idea during his recent visit to Athens and Melbourne’s sister city Thessaloniki where he was impressed by the local waterfront. “Designed by internationally renowned architects Nikifioridis-Cuomo, the Thessaloniki waterfront contained 2,353 new trees, 118,432 new plants, 58 acres of green spaces and 11,600 square metres of playground,” Guy explained. Leader of the opposition Matthew Guy and Shadow Assistant Min- ister for Geelong, Andrew Katos PHOTO: TWITTER “It’s not just a few hundred metres long; it is five kilometres long, 240,000 square metres that is worth seeing and learning about.” If elected, they commit to commissioning Infrastructure Victoria to conduct a full audit of the Barwon region’s infrastructure to be presented to the Premier and Minister for Geelong within the first six months of coming to government. Mr Guy also stressed the importance of a Minister for Decentralisation and his idea to produce Victoria’s first ever Population Plan in order to take population growth pressures off Melbourne. “We aim to balance population growth with preserving productive farmland, green wedges and planning for new jobs centres across the suburbs,” he said. “We want to create a state of cities, not just a city state.” ‘I don’t ever want to be a Greek or Cypriot citizen,’ declares Senator Nick Xenophon High Commissioner of Cyprus reassures him: ‘Cyprus doesn’t want you as citizen either’ THEODORA MAIOS As a result of the dual citizenship scandal, which sparked two resignations within the Australian Greens Party, the whole issue of allegiance towards Australia is spreading like an epidemic among some Australian politicians. They appear totally ignorant, and to some extend irresponsible regarding their legal obligations around their citizenship status and understanding of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution which clearly states that: ‘any person who is under any ac- knowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the right or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power […] shall be incapable of being chosen of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.’ "It is pretty amazing that you have had two out of nine Green senators that didn't realise that they were citizens of another country and it shows incredible sloppiness on their part," stated Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a recent interview with Australian me- NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. 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Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Nelly Skoufatoglou Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Zoe George, Dean Kalimniou, Theodora Maios, Jim Claven, Stuart McLennan, Michael Sweet, George Stogiannou, Con Stamocostas Proofreader: Allyson Griffith Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Nicole Denton Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 dia outlets. "When you nominate for parliament there is actually a question you have to address that section and you have to address the Section 44 question, you've got to tick the box and confirm that you are not a citizen of another country, so it is extraordinary negligence on their part," Prime Minister Turnbull added. Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, was also very clear and reassuring about the Labor Party processes surrounding the dual citizenship obligations of its elected members. "We just don't rely on someone ticking a box. I understand from speaking to the party administration that if you are born overseas you have to record that fact and tell the party. If you've got a parent that was born overseas, then you have to show what steps you've taken," says Bill Shorten. Nick Xenophon, an Australianborn senator with Greek Cypriot heritage, and leader of NXTeam Party was one of the first politicians to state his position and current status on a matter that many have described as both divisive and somewhat unfair in a modern-day multicultural Australia. Xenophon took to the media last week reassuring his supporters that he is a proud Australian and he has never acquired either Greek or Cypriot citizenship. "I have never applied for a citizenship and I have never been interested to be citizen of another country," said Xenophon in a recent interview with the ABC. "I am very proud that I was born in Australia and that I am an Australian citizen; I did go through a process when I ran for the Senate where I wrote to both the Cypriot High Commission and the Greek Embassy saying that while I never held citizenship, I wanted to make absolutely clear that I don't want citizenship of your country and renounce any rights I have," explained Xenophon whose mother is Greek and his father originates from the island of Cyprus. Senator Xenophon didn't stop there and continued to reveal a conversation he had with the High Commissioner of Cyprus at the Adelaide Airport a few days prior, while visiting and attending a series of commemorative events, hosted by the Cypriot Community of South Australia (CCSA), marking 43 years since Turkey's military invasion of Cyprus. "I ran into the Cypriot High Commissioner and I told her that I have never been a citizen of Cyprus, I don't ever want to be a citizen of Cyprus and she graciously replied saying, 'we don't want you to be a citizen of Cyprus either'," Senator Xenophon revealed, meanwhile his statements seem to have resonated within the Greek and Cypriot communities. "I am proud of my heritage but at the same time I respect Senator Xenophon's view," said former president of the CCSA, Christos Ioannou, in an interview with Neos Kosmos. "Everyone is free to voice their opinion, but I also feel that it was the High Commissioner's right to express her opinion when she met Senator Xenophon and they had this brief discussion. That's what she did," says Ioannou, a founding and highly-respected member of the CCSA who has been working tirelessly towards the unification of Cyprus for decades. "Personally, I encourage all our patriots to start the process, apply and obtain their Cypriot citizenship and thus support our country that needs us," added Ioannou, when asked to comment on Xenophon's dual Senator Nick Xenophon PHOTO: AAP/MICK TSIKAS. citizenship position. "Obviously Nick was born here and he has the right to choose which citizenship he wishes to keep, especially given that there are issues [about] politicians' dual citizenship. I feel that Nick is still proud to be Cypriot but he is now forced to make a choice, Cyprus or Australia," said current president of the CCSA, Professor Andreas Evdokiou, who was also asked to comment on Xenophon's position. "Nick chose his Australian citizenship but just because he says he doesn't want to be a citizen of Greece or Cyprus, this doesn't mean that he doesn't want to have any links with Cyprus or Greece. "I don't think people should take that out of context. Nick has been a good support of the Cypriot community and we are proud of him."
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