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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 September 2017
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 Fair Work Ombudsman urges Calombaris to speed up payments for his underpaid staff Four months after revelations that George Calombaris' chain of restaurants has deprived staff of $2.6 million in unpaid wages, the issue is far from being resolved. When the issue surfaced, Calombaris only wrote a letter of apology to the staff, promising to make amends for the "management error", which affected 162 workers. However, according to Fairfax Media, some of the staff remain unpaid, and may have to wait until June 2018, until all claims have been as- sessed. This led the Fair Work Ombudsman to look into the matter again and urge Made Establishment to "finalise the remaining assessments as soon as possible". A spokesperson for the independent authority went on to make a statement, saying: "While we appreciate that largescale reconciliations can take considerable time and resources, we do not believe it is reasonable for former employees to have to wait this long to receive the wages owed to them." Nick Demiris becomes new Libs state director The decision has caused turmoil amongst Victorian Liberal Party MPs and nationwide Victorian Liberal Party president Michael Kroger has been slammed for promoting Nick Demiris. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP /TRACEY NEARMY Commemorating the Great Fire of Smyrna An open invitation to attend a simple candle and flower reflection and prayer ceremony for the fallen and lost of Smyrna in 1922 is extended to all members of the public. The Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC), the Return to Anatolia Committee (RTA), and the Pontian Coordinating Committee of Melbourne are holding a commemorative event on Sunday 17 September. Families of survivors have an opportunity to gather in mutual support at 1.00 pm at the Darebin community monument in the Ray Bramham Gardens (Corner Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston, VIC) to honour the victims of the genocide and atrocity crimes. The commemoration service and presentation will take place at the Preston City Hall (284 Gower St, Preston, VIC) at 2.00 pm. Parking will be available at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. As Nick Demiris himself confirmed to Neos Kosmos he will be taking over as Victorian Liberal Party's state director from Simon Frost, who resigned last month to take a senior posting in the Turnbull government. This decision was received amidst shock and anger among state Liberal MPs at a party room meeting in parliament on Thursday, after Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger agreed on it. "I've known Nick for many years and was pleased he put his hand up to be our new state director," Mr Guy told Neos Kosmos' journalist Eu- genia Pavlopoulou. "Nick has been involved at the highest levels of the Liberal Party for many years and will be a great campaign director. We've had some great contributions in the Liberal Party from Hellenic Australians including my great friend Andrew Katos MP and former state director under Jeff Kennett, Petro Georgiou." Several members however, including Canberra-based Liberal MPs, expressed their disappointment regarding Mr Demiris' new position and and voiced their concerns as to what the appointment of a former staffer to Kevin Andrews would mean for the party. According to a Liberal source, Mr Demiris had impressed party bosses with a presentation on how to win the state election; he was ‘clearly the best candidate for the job’, the Herald Sun reported, adding that "Mr Guy's allies have been left reeling by this. [They] are openly questioning his judgment and even his character." Politics and power games aside, most MPs have questioned his campaign experience deeming him an ‘illfitting choice’, someone ‘unable to fill Simon Frost's shoes’. Having lost his preselection battle, Demiris was appointed as the party's deputy campaign director, and has since been seen as Kroger's protegee. Even his placement as deputy campaign director was received with disgruntlement in Liberal ranks. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM PHOTO: FACEBOOK NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by ACM Printing, 126 Fairbank Road, Clayton South 3168. 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Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Nelly Skoufatoglou Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Maria Philio Tridima, George Stogiannou, Margarita Kannis, Gerard Papasimakopoulos, Theodora Maios, Vrasidas Karalis, Con Stamocostas, Eugenia Pavlopoulou, Stuart McLennan Proofreader: Allyson Griffith Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Nicole Denton Northcote High School reaffirms its commitment to Greek language teaching Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Greek language will continue being taught within the standard curriculum programme at Northcote High School in 2018. This was confirmed by the school's principal, Kate Morris, in a meeting with the vice-president of the Greek Community of Melbourne (and co-ordinator of the GCM education programme) Theo Markos. The meeting was also attended by Chris Thompson, the Executive Director of the North East Melbourne Area, at the Victorian Department Education and Training; representatives of the NUGAS board, and interested parents of Northcote High School students. Ms Morris acknowledged a plan to phase out Greek and Italian language classes over the next five years was no longer active, and she reaffirmed the school's commitment to continuing the current language programme. The principal said she is very pleased with this year's enrolments and praised the teachers for the quality of education they offer. Joining her in offering praise to the teachers, Mr Markos suggested that a special committee could be created to follow the progress of the language programme at Northcote High School.
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